Siderotic nodules at MR imaging: Regenerative or dysplastic?

Glenn A. Krinsky, Vivian S. Lee, Minh T. Nguyen, Neil M. Rofsky, Neil D. Theise, Glyn R. Morgan, Lewis W. Teperman, Jeffrey C. Weinreb

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

33 Scopus citations


Objective: To determine if iron containing "siderotic" nodules detected at magnetic resonance (MR) imaging are regenerative (RN) or dysplastic (DN) and to attempt to identify features that may distinguish them. Material and Methods: MR imaging (1.5 T) was performed on 77 cirrhotic patients who underwent orthotopic liver transplantation within 0-117 days (mean 30 days) of MR imaging. Two readers retrospectively evaluated breath-hold gradient-echo pulse sequences (echo time ≥9.0 ms, flip angle ≤45°) for the presence of hypointense nodules, which were classified as micronodular (≥3 mm), macronodular (>3 mm), or mixed. Nodule distribution was classified as focal (<5), scattered (5-20), or diffuse (>20) per slice. Thin section pathologic correlation was available in all cases, and Prussian blue iron stains were performed. Results: Of 35 patients with pathologically proven siderotic nodules, 10 (29%) had at least 2 siderotic DN. MR detected siderotic nodules in 10 of 10 (100%) patients with siderotic DN and RN, and in 18 of 25 patients (72%) with siderotic RN only. Conclusion: Siderotic RN cannot be reliably distinguished from siderotic DN with MR imaging, and therefore the widely used term "siderotic regenerative nodule" should be avoided and replaced by "siderotic nodule".

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)773-776
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of computer assisted tomography
Issue number5
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000


  • Liver, MR
  • Liver, cirrhosis
  • Liver, neoplasm
  • Liver, nodules
  • Liver, transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


Dive into the research topics of 'Siderotic nodules at MR imaging: Regenerative or dysplastic?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this