Differentiating intracranial solitary fibrous tumor/hemangiopericytoma from meningioma using diffusion-weighted imaging and susceptibility-weighted imaging

  • Tanhui Chen
  • Bingqing Jiang
  • Yingyan Zheng
  • Dejun She
  • Hua Zhang
  • Zhen Xing
  • Dairong CaoEmail author
Diagnostic Neuroradiology



Intracranial solitary fibrous tumor/hemangiopericytoma (SFT/HPC) and meningioma are difficult to distinguish owing to their overlapping imaging manifestation on routine magnetic resonance imaging. The purpose of this study was to assess whether SFT/HPC can be differentiated from meningioma with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI).


We retrospectively reviewed DWI, SWI, conventreional MR, and CT imaging features of 16 patients with SFT/HPC and 96 patients with meningioma. The apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value, normalized ADC (nADC) value, and degree of intratumoral susceptibility signal intensity (ITSS) were compared between SFT/HPCs and meningiomas using two-sample t tests, and among SFT/HPCs, low-grade and high-grade meningioma were tested using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA). Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve and logistic regression analyses were performed to determine the differentiation capacity.


The ADC value, nADC value, and the degree of ITSS in SFT/HPC were significantly higher than those in low-grade and high-grade meningiomas (all p < 0.05). The threshold value of > 1.15 for nADC provided 75.00% sensitivity and 60.42% specificity for differentiating SFT/HPC from meningioma. Compared with nADC, the degree of ITSS had a moderate sensitivity (62.50%) and a higher specificity (85.42%) using the threshold value of > 1.00. Furthermore, combining DWI and SWI can achieve a relatively high differentiation capacity with a sensitivity of 81.25% and specificity of 78.12%.


The nADC ratios and ITSS are useful for differentiating SFT/HPC from meningioma. Combining ITSS and nADC value appears to be a promising option for differential diagnosis.


Intracranial solitary fibrous tumor/hemangiopericytoma Meningioma Diffusion-weighted imaging Susceptibility-weighted imaging 


Funding information

This work was funded by the Leading Project of the Department of Science and Technology of Fujian Province (No. 2016Y0042).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyFirst Affiliated Hospital of Fujian Medical UniversityFuzhouPeople’s Republic of China

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