Fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery MR imaging in assessment of intracranial oligodendrogliomas

Matthew L. White, Yan Zhang, Wendy R.K. Smoker, Patricia A. Kirby, Minako Hayakawa, William J. Sickels, Timothy C. Ryken, Kevin Berbaum

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This retrospective study consisted of 17 consecutive patients with oligodendrogliomas. We qualitatively and quantitatively assessed the diagnostic value of fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery (FLAIR) images compared with T2-weighted fast spin-echo (FSE) images for evaluating intracranial oligodendrogliomas. Qualitative evaluations of signal intensity, tumor conspicuity, definition of tumor margin, distinction between solid and cystic-like parts within tumor, and calcification were performed. Quantitative criteria comparing FLAIR to T2-weighted FSE images included tumor-to-background contrast and contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) and tumor-to-cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) contrast and CNR. Our results demonstrate that the FLAIR sequence can replace the T2-weighted FSE sequence for evaluating oligodendrogliomas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-285
Number of pages7
JournalComputerized Medical Imaging and Graphics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain neoplasms
  • FLAIR sequence
  • Magnetic resonance (MR)
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • T2-weighted sequence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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