The purpose of this study was to compute T2 values and magnetization transfer (MT) ratios in the perilesional region of healing and healed cysticercus granulomas to determine if there are T2 abnormalities not apparent on conventional T2-weighted imaging and to determine the relationship between seizure control and the quantitative measures. Sixty-three patients were studied. T2 values and MT ratios were computed for the perilesional region and were compared with measurements from the contralateral normal-appearing region. A significantly increased T2 value was found for the perilesional region compared to the corresponding contralateral region despite the absence of qualitative abnormality on conventional T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. For patients showing normal-appearing perilesional regions on MT imaging, there was no significant difference in T2 and MT ratios between the perilesional and the normal contralateral regions. There was a statistically significant inverse correlation between perilesional T2 values and MT ratios, suggesting each was associated with perilesional gliosis. The study illustrates that quantitative evaluation of MT ratios and T2 augments the qualitative visual assessment of the perilesional region in healing or healed cysticercus granulomas.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cognitive Neuroscience