Thoracic duct visualization: Combined use of multidetector-row computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging

Takumi Kato, Kei Takase, Hirofumi Ichikawa, Susumu Satomi, Shoki Takahashi

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

11 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

PURPOSE: The objective of the study was to assess the ability of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and helical multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) to visualize the thoracic duct in esophageal cancer patients. METHODS: Sixty esophageal cancer patients underwent preoperative MDCT and MRI using 3-dimensional balanced turbo-field-echo sequence. The visualization grades by MDCT, MRI, and a combination of MDCT and MRI were scored in 4 segments of the thoracic duct (cervical, upper, middle, and lower). RESULTS: In the cervical, middle, and lower segments, MRI provided significantly higher visualization grades than MDCT. In all segments, combined MDCT and MRI resulted in higher grades than MDCT alone. In addition, combined MDCT and MRI successfully allowed visualization of the cervical, upper, middle, and lower segments of the thoracic duct in 46 (76.7%), 50 (83.3%), 58 (96.7%), and 60 (100%) patients, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Combination of MDCT and MRI allows noninvasive thoracic duct visualization, providing 3-dimensional information on other thoracic structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)260-265
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar

Keywords

  • MDCT
  • MRI
  • esophageal cancer
  • thoracic duct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Thoracic duct visualization: Combined use of multidetector-row computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this