Pediatric cerebellar tumors constitute a heterogeneous group of central nervous system neoplasms with very different imaging characteristic, spread patterns, and outcomes. At one end of the spectrum are the pilocytic astroctyomas which have very good prognosis following complete resection. At the other end are the medulloblastomas and atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors with relatively poor outcomes. Familiarity with imaging characteristics of these common neoplasms is important in performing the role of the pediatric neuroradiologist. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy and diffusion weighted imaging play important adjuncts to conventional imaging in the diagnosis and follow-up of these tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-94
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Pediatric Neuroradiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2012



  • Brain tumor
  • Cerebellum
  • Children
  • MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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