MR imaging of extracranial hematomas: comparison with CT

Eur J Radiol. 1986 Feb;6(1):30-5.


Thirty MR examinations of twenty-five patients with extracranial hemorrhagic lesions were reviewed. Comparative CT studies were available in 11 patients. The acute hematomas (less than 3 days old) showed intermediate intensity on the short TR (0.5 sec.) and increased in signal intensity on the long TR (2.0 sec.). The MR appearance of acute hematoma was not specific. Clot (more than 3 days old) demonstrated an intermediate intensity on the short TR and increased markedly in signal intensity on the long TR equaling the signal intensity of fat. Serum (more than 3 days old) was imaged as a high intensity lesion on both short and long TR. It is concluded that MR can be very useful for the differential diagnosis of subacute and chronic hemorrhagic lesions from other lesions.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hematoma / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Kidney Diseases / diagnosis
  • Liver Diseases / diagnosis
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscular Diseases / diagnosis
  • Pelvis
  • Peritoneal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Splenic Diseases / diagnosis
  • Time Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*