Spoke wheel pattern in kidney

A spoke wheel pattern in renal imaging refers to a vascular appearance seen with certain renal tumours, typically seen in oncocytomas but can also be seen in renal cell carcinomas

This appearance refers to a peripheral rim of vessels from which centripetal vessels converge centrally giving the appearance of spokes of a wheel. 

This could be explained by the presence of a pseudocapsule and a central scar. It may be appreciated on angiography, CT, MRI and has been even reported on ultrasound.

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rID: 25574
System: Urogenital
Tag: refs, cases, stub
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