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Coloured MRI scan of a metastatic brain tumour

Coloured MRI scan of a metastatic brain tumour

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SIMON FRASER / ROYAL VICTORIA INFIRMARY, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SIMON FRASER / ROYAL VICTORIA INFIRMARY, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Brain tumour. Coloured Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of a coronal section through the brain of a 42 year old woman, showing a metastatic tumour. At centre left is the round (crimson) region of the tumour. This tumour occurs within one cerebral hemisphere; the other hemisphere is at upper right. The cerebellum is at lower frame. Metastatic cancer is a secondary disease spread from cancer elsewhere in the body. Here, the woman had primary cancer (carcinoma) of the colon. Metastatic brain tumours are malignant. They may cause brain compression and nerve damage. Surgical removal may be possible.

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