Role of diffusion and perfusion-weighted MR imaging in differentiating meningioma from solitary dural metastasis

Yildirim N., Hakyemez B., Erdogan C., Parlak M.

RIVISTA DI NEURORADIOLOGIA, vol.18, no.2, pp.160-168, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/197140090501800204
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.160-168
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


In some instances conventional imaging techniques fall to differentiate meningiomas from isolated dural metastasis. This study aimed to evaluate the role of diffusion and perfusion-weighted MRI in differentiating meningiomas and dural metastasis. In this study, 14 metastasis and 26 meningiomas were involved. The imaging characteristics were analyzed using conventional MRI. Diffusion-weighted MRI was performed and ADC values were calculated from the solid components and the peritumoral edema. Perfusion-weighted MRI was performed and relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) was calculated. Student's t test was used for the statistical analysis. Dural metastasis and meningiomas could not be differentiated by qualitative assessment of conventional and diffusion-weighted MRI. The mean intratumoral and peritumoral ADC values were not statistically significant (p > 0.05). The rCBV ratios for dural metastasis and meningiomas were 4.13 +/- 2.32 and 7.32 +/- 4.10 respectively and the difference between two was statistically significant (p = 0.003). Peritumoral rCBV ratios for dural metastasis and meningiomas were not statistically significant (p > 0.05). Conventional MRI findings of dural metastasis and meningiomas may overlap in some lesions. In differentiation of these lesions diffusion-weighted MRI yields no further information additional to conventional sequences. Perfusion-weighted MRI can be useful to distinguish these lesions by demonstrating high intratumoral rCBV ratios for meningiomas and low rCBV ratios for metastasis.