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Magnetic resonance imaging of retained surgical sponges case report

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      Abstract

      The magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of sponges retained postsurgically in three patients are described. MRI depicted these as well-defined round masses, which were of low signal intensity on T1-weighted images and very high signal intensity on T2-weighted images. We scrutinized these masses on T2-weighted images. MRI revealed the low-signal-intensity structures to have wavy, striped, and/or spotted appearances, which raised the suspicion that they might be retained surgical sponges within mass lesions.

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