Mimics, pitfalls, and misdiagnoses of adrenal masses on CT and MRI

Abdom Radiol (NY). 2020 Apr;45(4):982-1000. doi: 10.1007/s00261-019-02082-4.


Due to the widespread use of imaging, incidental adrenal masses are commonly encountered. A number of pitfalls can result in misdiagnosis of these lesions, including inappropriate choice of imaging technique, presence of pseudolesions, and overlap of imaging features of different adrenal lesions. This article explores the potential pitfalls in imaging of the adrenal glands, on computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, that can lead to misinterpretation. Clues to correct diagnoses are provided to evade potential misinterpretation.

Keywords: Adrenal gland; CT; MRI; Mimics.

Publication types

  • Review