Comparison of MR imaging, CT, and angiography in the evaluation of the enlarged cavernous sinus

W. L. Hirsch, F. G. Hryshko, L. N. Sekhar, James A Brunberg, E. Kanal, Richard E Latchaw, H. Curtin

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Abstract

Twenty-one patients with enlargement of the cavernous sinus were studied with CT and MR imaging. Eighteen of the patients also had cerebral angiography. MR was superior to CT in differentiating parasellar aneurysms from neoplastic masses. MR was also superior to both CT and angiography in defining the relationships of cavernous sinus neoplasms to the internal carotid artery, pituitary gland, optic chiasm, infundibulum, and fifth cranial nerves. Only in the definition of bone erosion or hyperostosis was MR inferior to another method (CT). We conclude that MR should be the initial diagnostic study in patients with symptoms of a parasellar mass, with supplementation when necessary by CT and angiography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1015-1023
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume151
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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