Perfusion-sensitive MRI of cerebral lymphomas: a preliminary report

J Comput Assist Tomogr. Mar-Apr 1999;23(2):232-7. doi: 10.1097/00004728-199903000-00011.


Purpose: To date, there have been no systematic reports examining cerebral lymphomas with perfusion-sensitive MRI. We sought to determine the characteristics of perfusion-sensitive MRI of these tumors.

Method: Five primary and three secondary cerebral lymphomas were analyzed. None of the patients had a history of AIDS. Various areas of relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) within tumor were analyzed, and maximum CBV ratios (CBV[tumor/contralateral]) were identified for evaluation.

Results: In three primary and three secondary cerebral lymphomas, maximum CBV ratios were <2.5 (mean 1.50). In others, maximum CBV ratios were markedly higher than those of the white matter (5.38 and 5.42). Mean maximum rCBV ratios of primary and secondary cerebral lymphomas were 2.93 and 1.43, respectively. There was no significant difference between the two groups.

Conclusion: Cerebral lymphomas had a tendency to have low rCBV values. This information may be helpful in diagnosing these tumors.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Blood Volume
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain / physiopathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Brain Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / secondary
  • Contrast Media
  • Female
  • Gadolinium DTPA
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma / diagnosis*
  • Lymphoma / physiopathology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / instrumentation
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged


  • Contrast Media
  • Gadolinium DTPA