Magnetic resonance imaging of adrenal cortical carcinoma

Stephen M. Smith, Suresh K. Patel*, David A. Turner, Terence A.S. Matalon

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

28 Scopus citations


Five cases of adrenal cortical carcinoma examined with magnetic resonance (MR) are presented. Clinical histories, computed tomographic (CT) scans, and final pathologic findings were reviewed in each case. All masses were hypointense compared to the liver on T1-weighted images and became hyperintense compared to the liver on T2-weighted images. Signal intensity of adrenal masses, fat, and liver were measured. Adrenal/liver and adrenal/fat signal intensity ratios were then calculated. All the masses were readily identified with MR. The MR also demonstrated displacement or invasion of adjacent organs, as well as liver metastases. The inferior vena cava was also identified in each case. Even though there were no consistent MR findings to diagnose adrenal cortical carcinomas accurately, superior blood vessel identification and multiplanar capabilities may make MR the imaging modality of choice in evaluating the extent of disease and in planning surgical excision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalUrologic radiology: A journal of diagnostic imaging
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Adrenal cortical carcinoma
  • Computed tomography, adrenal
  • Magnetic resonance, adrenal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Urology


Dive into the research topics of 'Magnetic resonance imaging of adrenal cortical carcinoma'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this