Failure of computerized tomography to differentiate between radiation necrosis and cerebral tumour

S Afr Med J. 1978 Feb 4;53(5):171-2.


Post-radiation cerebral necrosis simulating tumours was found in 2 patients by computerized axial tomography (CAT). The appearance was indistinguishable from that of a recurrent tumour in one patient and a glioma in the second. The significance of the scan findings was only realized after surgery and histological examination. The investigation appears to offer no assistance in differentiating between these conditions.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / diagnostic imaging*
  • Radiation Injuries / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*