Characteristics of calcification in tumors of the pineal gland

Radiology. 1978 Mar;126(3):721-6. doi: 10.1148/126.3.721.


Thirty-two cases of proved pineal tumor were analyzed. Calcification was seen in 75%. The size, character, and position of the calcification were useful indicators of abnormality on plain-film evaluation. Fray's cranioangle method was more sensitive than Oon's method in determining abnormal position of the calcified pineal tumor on the lateral skull film. Most calcifications were displaced postero-inferiorly or inferiorly, which can be explained by obstructive hydrocephalus or direct tumor expansion.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brain Neoplasms / complications*
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Calcinosis / complications*
  • Calcinosis / diagnostic imaging
  • Child
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Pineal Gland* / diagnostic imaging
  • Radiography