Orbital hemangiopericytoma: CT, MR, and angiographic findings

Comput Med Imaging Graph. 1994 May-Jun;18(3):217-22. doi: 10.1016/0895-6111(94)90033-7.


A case of orbital hemangiopericytoma is reported in a 20-yr-old man presenting with decreased vision and painless proptosis of the left eye. This rare orbital tumor is reviewed in the literature, and in particular the neuroradiological findings, including those of computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and angiography are detailed in the presented case. MRI was found to be useful both in delineating precise anatomical relationships between the optic nerve and the tumor, and in differentiating from cavernous hemangiomas, the most common vascular tumors of the orbit, with the combination of CT and angiography.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Angiography*
  • Carotid Artery, Internal
  • Cavernous Sinus
  • Contrast Media
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Gadolinium
  • Hemangiopericytoma / diagnosis*
  • Hemangiopericytoma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Ophthalmic Artery
  • Orbital Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Orbital Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*


  • Contrast Media
  • Gadolinium