Differential Diagnosis of Brain Masses

  • James G. Smirniotopoulos
  • Steven J. Goldstein


The heart of the differential diagnosis in neuroimaging begins with accurate localization of the lesion. Two major schemes are used: intra-axial vs. extra-axial; and supratentorial vs. infratentorial (posterior fossa). We will use these together to develop a “short list” of appropriate diagnostic possibilities for intracranial mass lesions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James G. Smirniotopoulos
    • 1
  • Steven J. Goldstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Radiology and Radiological SciencesUniformed Services University of the Health SciencesBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.RadiologyUniversity of Kentucky College of MedicineLexingtonUSA

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