Solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura: MR appearance and enhancement pattern

Ukihide Tateishi, Hiroshi Nishihara, Toshiaki Morikawa, Kazuo Miyasaka

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Purpose: The aim of the current study was to characterize the MR appearance of solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura (SFTP). Method: Twenty-two consecutive patients with histologically confirmed SFTP were retrospectively evaluated with MRI. Results: Tumors demonstrated low signal intensity (n = 18, 82%), iso signal intensity (n = 2, 9%), and high signal intensity (n = 2, 9%) on TI-weighted images. On T2-weighted images, tumors were observed as low signal intensity (n = 10, 45%), high signal intensity (n = 2, 9%), and mixed signal intensity (n = 10, 45%). Solid component in the proliferation of tumor cells corresponded to low signal intensity in 12 tumors (55%) on T2-weighted images. On gadolinium-enhanced TI-weighted images, inhomogeneous enhancement (n = 18, 82%), nodular enhancement (n = 6, 27%), and homogeneous enhancement (n = 4, 18%) were observed. The enhanced lesion within the tumors had dense tumor tissue and dilated microvessels in the pathologic specimen. Conclusion: SFTP shows variable appearance and enhancement pattern on MRI according to morphologic tumor heterogeneity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-179
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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