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Radiology. 1986 Feb;158(2):443-5.

Choroidal melanomas: correlation of NMR spectroscopy and MR imaging.


Six freshly enucleated, unfixed human eyes with choroidal melanomas were imaged on a 1.4-T superconducting magnetic resonance (MR) imaging system. Immediately thereafter the eyes were sectioned, and tumor samples were removed for study on a variable-field (0.19-1.4 T) nuclear MR spectroscopy unit. Shorter T1 and T2 relaxation times were observed in those tumors with the greater concentrations of melanin. This is believed to result from the paramagnetic effect of radicals known to exist in melanin. High magnetic field MR imaging can enable one to distinguish between pigmented melanomas; proteinaceous effusions; fresh and subacute hematomas; and nonmelanotic tumors, including amelanotic melanomas; but may not enable melanotic melanoma to be distinguished from fat or amelanotic melanoma from other nonpigmented tumors.

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