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Mass Lesions of the Brain: A Differential Diagnostic Approach

  • Guido Wilms

Abstract

After careful examination of the computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) images of a patient with a cerebral mass lesion, the neuroradiologist aims at getting as close as possible to the final anatomopathological diagnosis. The final diagnostic proposition is the result of an intellectual process of stepwise examination of the radiological features, with quick exclusion of some impossible or improbable entities, comparison with images in his or her personal “database” accumulated through neuroradiological training, literature search, and experience. Together these allow a diagnosis or at least a ranking of possible tumors within the differential diagnostic list.

Keywords

Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Pilocytic Astrocytoma Perfusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging Perfusion Magnetic Resonance Weighted Magnetic Resonance Image 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guido Wilms
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity Hospitals K.U.LeuvenBelgium

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