Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging comparisons in boxers

JAMA. 1990 Mar;263(12):1670-4.


The efficacy of computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in identifying traumatic injuries of the brain was compared in a referred population of 21 amateur and professional boxers. Three boxers displayed CT scans with equivocal findings that were verified as artifacts by MRI. Eleven boxers had both CT and MRI scans with normal findings, and 7 boxers had both CT and MRI scans with abnormal findings. There were no instances where abnormalities demonstrated on CT scanning were not detected by MRI. However, some abnormalities detected on MRI were not detected on CT scans. These included a subdural hematoma, white-matter changes, and a focal contusion. Magnetic resonance imaging appears to be the neuroradiodiagnostic test of choice compared with CT.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Boxing / injuries*
  • Brain Concussion / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Concussion / pathology
  • Brain Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain Injuries / pathology
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Hematoma, Subdural / diagnostic imaging
  • Hematoma, Subdural / pathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*