Postcontrast MR angiography complements the standard spinal MR imaging study by improving detection and display of normal and abnormal intradural vessels, primarily veins. Detection of abnormal veins facilitates diagnosis of spinal vascular malformations and vascular tumors. The most useful application has been in screening for spinal dural arteriovenous fistula, in which MR angiography demonstrates the medullary vein into which the fistula drains, thus allowing noninvasive identification of the spinal level of the fistula.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||1|
|Journal||Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America|
|State||Published - Apr 1 1998|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging