T2-weighted MR characteristics of internal auditory canal masses

Melanie B. Fukui, Jane L. Weissman, Hugh D. Curtin, Emanuel Kanal

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PURPOSE: To determine whether masses of the internal auditory canal are hypointense relative to cerebrospinal fluid, and therefore visible, on fast spin-echo T2-weighted MR images. METHODS: Forty-six patients had 50 masses of the internal auditory canal, identified initially on contrast-enhanced MR images, that were evaluated retrospectively for signal intensity of the mass with respect to cerebrospinal fluid and for visibility of the neural elements within the internal auditory canal on T2-weighted images. RESULTS: Forty- seven of 50 masses were clearly identified on T2-weighted images. Three small abnormalities (2 to 4 mm) were not seen with confidence on T2-weighted images. However, on close inspection of these three masses, the small abnormality on contrast-enhanced MR images corresponded to a hypointense focus on T2-weighted images. All 50 masses were hypointense relative to cerebrospinaI fluid on T2-weighted images. CONCLUSION: All masses of the internal auditory canal in this study were hypointense relative to cerebrospinal fluid on T2-weighted images, and were therefore visible.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1211-1218
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Aug 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Neuroma
  • Temporal bone, magnetic resonance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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