MR of visual pathways in patients with neurofibromatosis.

S. J. Pomeranz, J. J. Shelton, J. Tobias, K. Soila, D. Altman, M. Viamonte

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MR was performed on six patients clinically diagnosed as having neurofibromatosis. Owing to its multiplanar capability, MR greatly helped determine the extent of visual pathway disease. We attempted to find specific optimal pulse sequences for evaluating the prechiasmatic, chiasmatic, and retrochiasmatic visual system at 0.35 T. Using spin-echo techniques, we evaluated a T1-weighted sequence (TR 300 msec/TE 35 msec), an intermediate T2-weighted sequence (TR 1500 msec/TE 35 msec), and a T2-weighted sequence (TR 1500 msec/TR 70 msec). We found that the orbital and intracanalicular optic nerves were most accurately and easily seen with the T1-weighted sequence axially and coronally; the chiasm was best seen with the intermediate T2-weighted coronal sequence; and the retrochiasmatic visual pathway was optimally evaluated with T2-weighted spin-echo technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)831-836
Number of pages6
JournalAJNR. American journal of neuroradiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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