The nonspecificity of absorption coefficients in the differentiation of solid tumors and cystic lesions

Richard E Latchaw, L. H A Gold, J. S. Moore, J. T. Payne

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Abstract

Eleven lesions of the brain were analyzed and compared; they had absorption coefficients uniformly at the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) level following contrast enhancement, and ranged from benign to malignant and solid to cystic. Grossly solid tumors may have absorption coefficients on the CT scan equal to CSF even after contrast enhancement. Absorption coefficients are misleading as histological indicators and in diagnosis; it is impossible to separate cystic from non-cystic, benign from malignant, and neoplastic from non-neoplastic lesions by absorption coefficients alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-144
Number of pages4
JournalRadiology
Volume125
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1977
Externally publishedYes

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  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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