Paragangliomas of the jugular bulb and carotid body: MR imaging with short sequences and Gd-DTPA enhancement

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1989 Sep;153(3):583-7. doi: 10.2214/ajr.153.3.583.


Twenty-six patients with glomus jugulare (16), glomus tympanicum (three), or carotid glomus (seven) tumors were examined with contrast-enhanced CT scans and MR scans without and with Gd-DTPA. MR and CT scans had similar sensitivities, but the enhanced MR scans were diagnostically more specific than either CT or nonenhanced MR. Dynamic MR scanning permitted measurement of the degree of Gd-DTPA enhancement over time. We recommend contrast-enhanced MR with short sequences and a dynamic approach in patients with suspected carotid, tympanic, and jugular paragangliomas.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Carotid Body Tumor / diagnosis
  • Carotid Body Tumor / diagnostic imaging
  • Contrast Media*
  • Ear Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Ear Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Ear, Middle
  • Gadolinium / therapeutic use*
  • Gadolinium DTPA
  • Glomus Jugulare Tumor / diagnosis
  • Glomus Jugulare Tumor / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Organometallic Compounds*
  • Paraganglioma, Extra-Adrenal / diagnosis*
  • Paraganglioma, Extra-Adrenal / diagnostic imaging
  • Pentetic Acid*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Contrast Media
  • Organometallic Compounds
  • Pentetic Acid
  • Gadolinium
  • Gadolinium DTPA