Successful localization of parathyroid adenomas by magneticresonance imaging

Journal Article

Exploration of the neck for primary hypeparathyroidism is facilitated if the parathyroid glands can be localized preoperatively. Magnetic resonance imaging is a noninvasive and relatively safe procedure that is capable of distinguishing and differentiating small soft-tissue structures. Ten patients with primary hyperparathyroidismunderwent preoperative diagnostic magnetic resonance imaging followed by cervical exploration. In 9 of these patients (90 percent), imaging correctly predicted the location of a single enlarged parathyroid gland, and in one patient the findings were misleading. All 10 patients proved to have single adenomas in orthotopic locations. Based on this early experience, magnetic resonance imaging appears to be a promising technique for preoperative localization of an enlarged parathyroid gland. © 1988 Reed Publishing USA.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hamilton, R; Greenberg, BM; Gefter, W; Kressel, H; Spritzer, C

Published Date

  • 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 155 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 370 - 373

PubMed ID

  • 3344895

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-9610