Identification of calcification with MRI using susceptibility-weighted imaging: a case study

J Magn Reson Imaging. 2009 Jan;29(1):177-82. doi: 10.1002/jmri.21617.


Susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) is a new MRI technique that can identify calcification by using phase images. We present a single case with a partially calcified oligodendroglioma, multiple calcified cysticercosis lesions, and multiple physiologic calcifications in the same patient. SWI phase images and computed tomography (CT) images are compared. SWI phase images showed the same calcified lesions as shown on CT and sometimes some new calcifications. Our conclusion is that SWI filtered phase images can identify calcifications as well as CT in this case.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brain / pathology*
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Calcinosis / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Image Interpretation, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oligodendroglioma / diagnosis*
  • Precancerous Conditions / diagnosis*