Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the advantages and limits of virtual magnetic resonance techniques in planning surgery for microvascular decompression in patients with neurovascular conflict. Materials and methods: Between December 2010 and December 2011, we prospectively observed 32 patients (30 with trigeminal neuralgia and two with hemifacial spasm), with a suspected clinical diagnosis of neurovascular conflict. To assess the contact between nerve and vessel, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by three-dimensional (3D) constructive interference in steady state (CISS) and high-resolution MR angiography (MRA) were performed in all cases. Moreover, we performed presurgical simulation of microvascular decompression using MR two-dimensional image fusion and virtual cisternography. The neuroradiological findings were compared with the surgical findings. Results: In all cases, we demonstrated the anatomical relations between cranial nerves and offending vessels with an optimal correlation between radiological and surgical patterns. Conclusions: Advanced virtual MRI techniques, such as image fusion and virtual cisternography, are able to depict the complex anatomical relationships between neural and vascular structures within the cisternal spaces of the skull base. These techniques can be considered an optimal presurgical tool to support traditional MRI evaluation of this region. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Italia.

Advanced virtual magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques in neurovascular conflict: Bidimensional image fusion and virtual cisternography

GRANATA, Francesca;VINCI, Sergio Lucio;LONGO, Marcello;CAFFO, Maria;Salamone, I.;TOMASELLO, Francesco;ALAFACI, Concetta
2013

Abstract

Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the advantages and limits of virtual magnetic resonance techniques in planning surgery for microvascular decompression in patients with neurovascular conflict. Materials and methods: Between December 2010 and December 2011, we prospectively observed 32 patients (30 with trigeminal neuralgia and two with hemifacial spasm), with a suspected clinical diagnosis of neurovascular conflict. To assess the contact between nerve and vessel, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by three-dimensional (3D) constructive interference in steady state (CISS) and high-resolution MR angiography (MRA) were performed in all cases. Moreover, we performed presurgical simulation of microvascular decompression using MR two-dimensional image fusion and virtual cisternography. The neuroradiological findings were compared with the surgical findings. Results: In all cases, we demonstrated the anatomical relations between cranial nerves and offending vessels with an optimal correlation between radiological and surgical patterns. Conclusions: Advanced virtual MRI techniques, such as image fusion and virtual cisternography, are able to depict the complex anatomical relationships between neural and vascular structures within the cisternal spaces of the skull base. These techniques can be considered an optimal presurgical tool to support traditional MRI evaluation of this region. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Italia.
File in questo prodotto:
Non ci sono file associati a questo prodotto.
Pubblicazioni consigliate

Caricamento pubblicazioni consigliate

I documenti in IRIS sono protetti da copyright e tutti i diritti sono riservati, salvo diversa indicazione.

Utilizza questo identificativo per citare o creare un link a questo documento: https://hdl.handle.net/11570/2378046
 Attenzione

Attenzione! I dati visualizzati non sono stati sottoposti a validazione da parte dell'ateneo

Citazioni
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.pmc??? 3
  • Scopus 9
  • ???jsp.display-item.citation.isi??? 5
social impact