Interpretation and value of MR CSF flow studies for paediatric neurosurgery

SA Journal of Radiology

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Title Interpretation and value of MR CSF flow studies for paediatric neurosurgery
Creator Mbonane, Samukelisiwe Sithembile Andronikou, Savvas
Subject Radiology Phase contrast; MRI;Hydrocephalus;Chiari; cerebrospinal fluid Pediatric Neuroradiology
Description Imaging techniques may be underutilised when clinicians are unaware of the technique or do not recognise its potential. Phase-contrast MR imaging (PC-MRI) is a rapid, simple and non-invasive technique that is sensitive to CSF flow. It demonstrates a mechanical coupling between cerebral blood and CSF flow throughout the cardiac cycle. Neurosurgeons should be able to request this procedure routinely as part of an MRI request. This paper gives an overview of the indications, technical requirements, technique and interpretation, using image examples. Indications for CSF flow studies include assessment and functionality of shunt treatment in patients with hydrocephalus; hydrocephalus associated with achondroplasia; Chiari I malformation; confirmation of aqueductal stenosis; and determining patency of a third ventriculostomy.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2013-03-05
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — technical review
Format text/html application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/sajr.v17i1.208
Source South African Journal of Radiology; Vol 17, No 1 (2013); 26-29 2078-6778 1027-202X
Language eng
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Coverage South Africa State of the art. Pediatric
Rights Copyright (c) 2013 Samukelisiwe Sithembile Mbonane, Savvas Andronikou