Reproducibility of the aqueductal CSF signal intensity on a gradient echo cine-MR sequence exploiting through plane inflow enhancement was tested in 11 patients with normal or dilated ventricles. Seven patients with normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) syndrome were investigated with the sequence before and after CSF shunting. Two patients exhibiting central flow void within a hyperintense aqueductal CSF improved after surgery and the flow void disappeared after shunting. One patient with increased maximum and minimum aqueductal CSF signal as compared to 18 healthy controls also improved and the aqueductal CSF signal was considerably decreased after shunting. Three patients with aqueductal CSF values similar to those in the controls did not improve, notwithstanding their maximum aqueductal CSF signals decreasing slightly after shunting. No appreciable aqueductal CSF flow related enhancement consistent with non-communicating hydrocephalus was found in the last NPH patient who improved after surgery. Cine-MR with inflow technique yields a reproducible evaluation of flow-related aqueductal CSF signal changes which might help in identifying shunt responsive NPH patients. These are likely to be those with hyperdynamic aqueductal CSF or aqueductal obstruction.
|Autori:||MASCALCHI M; ARNETOLI G; INZITARI D; DALPOZZO G; LOLLI F; CARAMELLA D; BARTOLOZZI C|
|Titolo:||CINE-MR IMAGING OF AQUEDUCTAL CSF FLOW IN NORMAL-PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS SYNDROME BEFORE AND AFTER CSF SHUNT|
|Anno del prodotto:||1993|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|