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Title: Computed tomography of the abnormal thymus

Abstract

Computed tomography (CT) should be the imaging method of choice following plain chest radiographs when a suspected thymic abnormality requires further evaluation. Based upon a six-year experience, including the evaluation of 25 patients with thymic pathology, CT was found useful in suggesting or excluding a diagnosis of thymoma and in distinguishing thymic hyperplasis from thymoma in patients with myasthenia gravis. The thickness of the thymic lobes determined by CT was found to be a more accurate indicator of infiltrative disease (thymic hyperplasia and lymphoma) than the width. CT was helpful in differentiating benign thymic cysts from solid tumors, and in defining the extent of a thymic neoplasms. On occasion, CT may suggest the specific histologic nature of a thymic lesion.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Washington Univ. School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
OSTI Identifier:
5681131
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Radiology; (United States); Journal Volume: 142:1
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; NEOPLASMS; DIAGNOSIS; THYMUS; COMPUTERIZED TOMOGRAPHY; PATIENTS; BODY; DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES; DISEASES; LYMPHATIC SYSTEM; ORGANS; TOMOGRAPHY; 550602* - Medicine- External Radiation in Diagnostics- (1980-)

Citation Formats

Baron, R.L., Lee, J.K.T., Sagel, S.S., and Levitt, R.G.. Computed tomography of the abnormal thymus. United States: N. p., 1982. Web. doi:10.1148/radiology.142.1.7053522.
Baron, R.L., Lee, J.K.T., Sagel, S.S., & Levitt, R.G.. Computed tomography of the abnormal thymus. United States. doi:10.1148/radiology.142.1.7053522.
Baron, R.L., Lee, J.K.T., Sagel, S.S., and Levitt, R.G.. Fri . "Computed tomography of the abnormal thymus". United States. doi:10.1148/radiology.142.1.7053522.
@article{osti_5681131,
title = {Computed tomography of the abnormal thymus},
author = {Baron, R.L. and Lee, J.K.T. and Sagel, S.S. and Levitt, R.G.},
abstractNote = {Computed tomography (CT) should be the imaging method of choice following plain chest radiographs when a suspected thymic abnormality requires further evaluation. Based upon a six-year experience, including the evaluation of 25 patients with thymic pathology, CT was found useful in suggesting or excluding a diagnosis of thymoma and in distinguishing thymic hyperplasis from thymoma in patients with myasthenia gravis. The thickness of the thymic lobes determined by CT was found to be a more accurate indicator of infiltrative disease (thymic hyperplasia and lymphoma) than the width. CT was helpful in differentiating benign thymic cysts from solid tumors, and in defining the extent of a thymic neoplasms. On occasion, CT may suggest the specific histologic nature of a thymic lesion.},
doi = {10.1148/radiology.142.1.7053522},
journal = {Radiology; (United States)},
number = ,
volume = 142:1,
place = {United States},
year = {Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1982},
month = {Fri Jan 01 00:00:00 EST 1982}
}