MR Imaging of Brain Tumors

  • Elke Hattingen
  • Monika Warmuth-Metz
Part of the Medical Radiology book series (MEDRAD)


This chapter gives an overview of important radiological aspects in brain tumor imaging. It was not our aim to deal with the wide differential diagnosis of brain tumors, and this chapter should not replace a neuroradiological textbook. Instead, it addresses important radiological and neurological aspects which should be known by the radiologist reporting brain tumors. In general, age is one of the most important criterion to distinguish different brain neoplasms, since the differential diagnosis differ considerably between ages. Therefore, the chapter is divided into childhood and adulthood brain tumors. Further, important pitfalls in brain tumor diagnosis are treated especially concerning non-neoplastic brain lesions and post-treatment changes. The localization of brain tumors in relation to functional brain areas is another important issue which has to be reported by the neuroradiologist, since preservation of important brain function is the ultimate goal and determines the treatment modality. Therefore, this chapter gives some help to localize a tumor with respect to the functional primary motor and language areas.


Brain Tumor Apparent Diffusion Coefficient Contrast Enhancement Germ Cell Tumor White Matter Tract 
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Magnetic resonance imaging


Computed tomography


Central nervous system


Spin echo


Fluid-Attenuated Inversion Recovery


Proton density




Functional MRI


Diffusion-weighted imaging


Apparent diffusion coefficient


Diffusion tensor imaging


Susceptibility-weighted imaging


Primitive neuroepithelial tumor


Dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor


Multiplanar reformatting


Posterior pituitary lobe


Weighted imaging


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NeuroradiologyUniversity Hospital of Goethe University FrankfurtFrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.NeuroradiologyUniversity Hospital of WürzburgWürzburgGermany

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