Fat status detection and histotypes differentiation in solid renal masses using Dixon technique

Jun Sun, Zhaoyu Xing, Jie Chen, Tingting Zha, Yunjie Cao, Dachuan Zhang, Dexing Zeng, Wei Xing

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Purpose: To detect fat status and differentiate histotypes of renal masses by using Dixon technique. Materials and methods: This study included 134 solid renal masses. Signal intensity index (SII) and fat fraction (FF) in different histotypes were compared. Results: Only angiomyolipoma (AML), clear cell renal cell carcinoma (RCC), and papillary RCC were confirmed to contain fat. The FF of 16.8% can effectively differentiate AML from clear cell RCC, so did the SII of 9.2% can differentiate clear cell RCC from non-clear cell RCC and rare benign histotypes. Conclusion: Dixon technique successfully evaluated the fat status and histotypes of renal masses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-22
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Imaging
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2018
Externally publishedYes



  • Dixon technique
  • Fat status
  • Histotype
  • Solid renal masses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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