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Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2009 Nov;19(4):657-68. doi: 10.1016/j.nic.2009.08.014.

Brain irradiation: effects on normal brain parenchyma and radiation injury.

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Diagnostic Centre for Imaging and Functional Medicine, Malmö University Hospital, University of Lund, SE-205 02 Malmö, Sweden. pia.sundgren@med.lu.se

Abstract

Radiation therapy is a major treatment modality for malignant and benign brain tumors. Concerns of radiation effects on the brain tissue and neurocognitive function and quality of life increase as survival of patients treated for brain tumors improves. In this article, the clinical and neurobehavioral symptoms and signs of radiation-induced brain injury, possible histopathology, and the potential of functional, metabolic, and molecular imaging as a biomarker for assessment and prediction of neurotoxicity after brain irradiation and imaging findings in radiation necrosis are discussed.

PMID:
19959011
PMCID:
PMC5000393
DOI:
10.1016/j.nic.2009.08.014
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