Olfactory neuroblastoma: MR evaluation

C. Li, D. M. Yousem, R. E. Hayden, R. L. Doty

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PURPOSE: To evaluate MR in the diagnosis and staging of olfactory neuroblastoma. METHODS: Five patients with histologically proved olfactory neuroblastomas were studied by MR. Four also had CT scans. RESULTS: The extent of disease delineated by MR agreed with surgical findings and surgical staging of the tumor in all five patients. All cases of olfactory neuroblastomas originated in the nasal cavity and involved the ethmoid sinuses. In three of the five cases, the tumors extended to the anterior skull base. In one case MR correctly suggested skull base involvement missed on CT. Lesions were isointense to hyperintense with muscle on T1-weighted scans. Compared with fat on T2-weighted scans, olfactory neuroblastomas were variable in signal intensity. Enhancement was minimal to moderate in all cases. CONCLUSION: In the evaluation of olfactory neuroblastoma, MR is most useful in delineating the extent of the tumor and may be more accurate than CT. However, the signal intensity characteristics of olfactory neuroblastomas may overlap other tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1167-1171
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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