T2 relaxation times of hypervascular and non-hypervascular liver lesions: Do hypervascular lesions mimic haemangiomas on heavily T2-weighted MR images?

M. M.J. McNicholas, S. Saini, J. Echeverri, M. Foley, J. Kaufman, E. McFarland, P. F. Hahn

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Aim: To correlate the T2 relaxation times of liver lesions with their vascularity at angiography and to determine whether hypervascular lesions have similar signal intensity to haemangiomas on heavily T2-weighted MR images. Patients and methods: Thirty-four patients with histologically proven malignant liver lesions had both angiography and T2W (SE 3000/80,160) MR imaging (1.5T) of the liver. Angiographically, the lesions were hypervascular in 15 and non-hypervascular in 19 patients. Fifteen additional patients with proven haemangioma also had MR imaging during the same time period. The T2 relaxation time of a representative lesion was calculated for each patient and the results compared. Results: The mean T2 time for hypervascular lesions was 76 ± 21 ms compared with 79 ± 18 ms for non-hypervascular lesions (P = 0.61). The mean T2 relaxation time for haemangiomas was significantly longer than either group: 147 ± 46 ms (P = 0.0001). Conclusion: The T2 relaxation times of hypervascular and non-hypervascular liver lesions are similar and are significantly shorter than those of haemangiomas. Therefore, hypervascular lesions should not mimic haemangiomas on heavily T2-weighted images.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-405
Number of pages5
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 1996


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  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing

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