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Radiology. 1987 Sep;164(3):817-21.

MR imaging of the nasopharynx and floor of the middle cranial fossa. Part II. Malignant tumors.


The intracranial extension of tumors of the nasopharynx and related spaces presents a difficult imaging problem. Unlike computed tomography (CT) scans, magnetic resonance (MR) images are not limited by beam-hardening artifacts from bone or dental amalgam. Forty-six patients with malignant tumors of the nasopharynx and related spaces affecting the skull base underwent MR imaging. MR images were obtained with a 0.3-T permanent-magnet imaging system in axial, sagittal, and coronal planes. MR findings were compared with clinical records, plain radiographs, CT scans, and pathologic correlates when available. MR imaging could demonstrate neoplastic invasion of the bone of the floor of the middle cranial fossa and the vital soft-tissue structures related to it as well as or better than CT. Tumor extension was viewed directly as a continuous mass or indirectly by marrow replacement or displacement of normal structures. Specific anatomic routes through which tumors extend from the nasopharynx to the middle cranial fossa were inferred from MR findings.

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