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Radiol Med. 2008 Feb;113(1):134-43. doi: 10.1007/s11547-008-0232-2. Epub 2008 Feb 25.

Role of perfusion-weighted imaging at 3 Tesla in the assessment of malignancy of cerebral gliomas.

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Dipartimento di Scienze per la Salute, Università degli Studi del Molise, Via Giovanni Paolo II, 86100 Campobasso, Italy.



This study was performed to clarify the role of perfusion-weighted imaging (PWI) at 3 Tesla in the characterisation of haemodynamic heterogeneity within gliomas and surrounding tissues and in the differentiation of high-grade from low-grade gliomas.


We examined 36 patients with histologically verified gliomas (25 with high-grade and 11 with low-grade gliomas). PWI was performed by first-pass gadopentetate dimeglumine T2*-weighted echo-planar images, and cerebral blood volume (CBV) maps were computed with a nondiffusible tracer model. Relative CBV (rCBV) was calculated by dividing CBV in pathological areas by that in contralateral white matter.


In high-grade gliomas, rCBV were markedly increased in mass [mean+/-standard deviation (SD), 4.3+/-1.2] and margins (4.0+/-1.1) and reduced in necrotic areas (0.3+/-0.3). Oedematous-appearing areas were divided in two groups according to signal intensity on T2-weighted images: tumour with lower (nearly isointense to grey matter) and oedema with higher (scarcely isointense to cerebrospinal fluid) signal intensity. Tumour showed significantly higher rCBV than did oedema (1.8+/-0.5 vs. 0.5+/-0.2; p<0.001) areas. In low-grade gliomas, mass (2.0+/-1.5) and margin (2.2+/-1.2) rCBV were significantly lower than in high-grade gliomas (p<0.001).


Three-Tesla PWI helps to distinguish necrosis from tumour mass, infiltrating tumour from oedema and high-grade from low-grade gliomas. It enhances the magnetic resonance (MR) assessment of cerebral gliomas and provides useful information for planning surgical and radiation treatment.

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