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SANTOS, Joelson Alves dos et al. Magnetic resonance imaging textural evaluation of posterior cranial fossa tumors in childhood. Radiol Bras [online]. 2004, vol.37, n.4, pp. 245-249. ISSN 0100-3984. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-39842004000400006.
OBJECTIVE: To distinguish healthy from pathological tissues in pediatric patients with posterior cranial fossa tumors using calculated textural parameters from magnetic resonance images. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We evaluated 14 pediatric patients with posterior cranial fossa tumors using the software MaZda to define the texture parameters in selected regions of interest representing healthy and pathological tissues based on T2-weighted magnetic resonance images. RESULTS: There was a statistically significant difference between normal and tumoral tissues as well as between supposedly normal tissues adjacent and distant from the tumoral lesion. CONCLUSION: Magnetic resonance textural evaluation is an useful tool for determining differences among various tissues, including tissues that appear apparently normal on visual analysis.
Keywords : Magnetic resonance imaging; Textural evaluation; Posterior cranial fossa tumors; Pediatric patients; MaZda software.