Disappearance of tumor contrast on contrast-enhanced FLAIR imaging of cerebral gliomas

Magn Reson Imaging. 2000 Jun;18(5):513-8. doi: 10.1016/s0730-725x(00)00139-9.


Contrast-enhanced fluid-attentuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has shown to be a valuable diagnostic modality in the assessment of cerebral gliomas. In this study we report of a potential pitfall regarding the delineation of enhancing tumor parts on contrast enhanced FLAIR imaging. In a limited number of patients, the administration of gadolinium obscures the area of contrast enhancement on contrast enhanced FLAIR images. Therefore the delineation of the macroscopic tumor parts, which are of great importance for the treatment planning is substantially worsened.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Cerebral Cortex / pathology*
  • Contrast Media
  • Female
  • Glioma / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged


  • Contrast Media