MR imaging findings of parotid tumors with pathologic diagnostic clues: a pictorial essay

Clin Imaging. 2004 Mar-Apr;28(2):93-101. doi: 10.1016/S0899-7071(03)00120-7.


This pictorial essay depicts MR features of benign and malignant parotid tumors. Increased T2 signal intensity is suggestive of pleomorphic adenoma. Tumors with relatively low signal intensity on T2-weighted images are more likely to be malignant even when they are well-demarcated. Fat suppression technique improves the ability to define the boundaries of neoplatic or inflammatory lesions.

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Parotid Diseases / diagnosis
  • Parotid Gland / pathology
  • Parotid Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Parotid Neoplasms / pathology