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European Radiology

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 239–242 | Cite as

Evaluation of MR cisternography of the cerebellopontine angle using a balanced fast-field-echo sequence: preliminary findings

  • Kazuhiro TsuchiyaEmail author
  • Chinatsu Aoki
  • Junichi Hachiya
Neuro

Abstract

We evaluated the feasibility of MR cisternography by the balanced fast-field-echo (bFFE) sequence, comparing with that by a turbo-spin-echo (TSE) sequence, for cerebellopontine angle lesions on a 1.5-T imager (Gyroscan Intera, Philips, Best, The Netherlands). The bFFE MR cisternograms depicted target cranial nerves with less cerebrospinal fluid pulsation artifacts than TSE cisternograms and visualized an acoustic schwannoma in 6 of 44 patients with suspicion and a causative vessel of hemifacial spasm in all of 3 patients in a short scanning time (1 min 53 s). The bFFE sequence can be promising for MR cisternography in the diagnosis of cerebellopontine angle lesions.

Keywords

MR imaging Cisternography Acoustic schwannoma Neurovascular compression 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuhiro Tsuchiya
    • 1
    Email author
  • Chinatsu Aoki
    • 1
  • Junichi Hachiya
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyKyorin University School of MedicineTokyo Japan

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