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What does heterogenous in signal on an MRI mean?

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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Not the same

Homogenous means the appearance is all the same, like a bowl of milk is all white or charcoal is all black.
Heterogenous means the appearance is different like salt and pepper.

In brief: Not the same

Homogenous means the appearance is all the same, like a bowl of milk is all white or charcoal is all black.
Heterogenous means the appearance is different like salt and pepper.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Philip Chao
Radiology

In brief: Its just a descripti

Description of what the doctor saw.
You can have even signal intensity or differing signal intensities. Most extra cranial lesions are hetergeneous in their enhancement. But in the brain they tend to be more often homogeneous. Anyhow it is what the reader interprets this to mean thats important not the term itself. Its a descriptor - it kinda means what the reader says later.... In the report.

In brief: Its just a descripti

Description of what the doctor saw.
You can have even signal intensity or differing signal intensities. Most extra cranial lesions are hetergeneous in their enhancement. But in the brain they tend to be more often homogeneous. Anyhow it is what the reader interprets this to mean thats important not the term itself. Its a descriptor - it kinda means what the reader says later.... In the report.
Dr. Philip Chao
Dr. Philip Chao
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