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Ultrasound and computed tomography features of primary acinic cell carcinoma in the parotid gland: A retrospective study

European Journal of Radiology
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2014.03.017
  • Acinic Cell Carcinoma
  • Salivary Gland Neoplasms
  • Us
  • Ct
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Musicology
  • Physics


Abstract Objective The aim of this study was to characterize the ultrasound (US) and computed tomography (CT) findings of primary acinic cell carcinoma (AciCC) of the parotid gland. Subjects and methods Seventy patients (70 lesions) with histopathologically proven AciCC underwent US or CT examination. The following characteristics were assessed on US images: size, shape, border, echogenicity, echotexture, internal structure, distal acoustic enhancement, and vascularity. The following characteristics were evaluated on CT images: size, shape, border, density, CT values on plain and contrast-enhanced scans, enhancement pattern, enhancement degree, and surrounding bone destruction. Results On US images, lesions were irregular, well-defined, hypoechoic, heterogeneous, and poorly vascularized. On CT images, lesions were regular and well-defined, and showed slight heterogeneous enhancement. Conclusion These findings suggest that most primary AciCCs show benign features on US and CT.

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