Predicting Meningioma Consistency on Preoperative Neuroimaging Studies

Mark S. Shiroishi, Steven Y. Cen, Benita Tamrazi, Francesco D'Amore, Alexander Lerner, Kevin S. King, Paul E. Kim, Meng Law, Darryl H. Hwang, Orest B. Boyko, Chia Shang J. Liu

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This article provides an overview of the neuroimaging literature focused on preoperative prediction of meningioma consistency. A validated, noninvasive neuroimaging method to predict tumor consistency can provide valuable information regarding neurosurgical planning and patient counseling. Most of the neuroimaging literature indicates conventional MRI using T2-weighted imaging may be helpful to predict meningioma consistency; however, further rigorous validation is necessary. Much less is known about advanced MRI techniques, such as diffusion MRI, MR elastography (MRE), and MR spectroscopy. Of these methods, MRE and diffusion tensor imaging appear particularly promising.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-154
Number of pages10
JournalNeurosurgery Clinics of North America
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Consistency
  • Firmness
  • Meningioma
  • Minimally invasive neurosurgery
  • MRI
  • Neurosurgical planning
  • Prediction
  • Texture

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