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.