How does an MRI measure Chiari malformation?

How does an MRI measure Chiari malformation?

The position of the cerebellar tonsils is measured on sagittal T1- or T2-weighted images of the cervical spine or brain by drawing a line at the foramen magnum from the inner margin of the ophisthion to the basion, and then measuring the distance from that line to the inferior most margin of the cerebellar tonsils.

What is a flexion extension MRI?

Flexion and Extension MRI allows the physician to see the patient’s neck not only while it is in a supine position but also while the neck is bent up and down. Many times patients with whiplash or other neck conditions are in greater pain while they are flexing and extending their neck.

How far should cerebellar tonsils extend?

Normally, the cerebellar tonsils should lie no more than 3 mm below the foramen magnum. Extension below the foramen between of 3 and 5 mm is considered borderline. Chiari malformations larger than 5 mm but smaller than 10 mm are symptomatic in approximately 70% of patients.

What does a brain MRI diagnose?

A brain MRI can help doctors look for conditions such as bleeding, swelling, problems with the way the brain developed, tumors, infections, inflammation, damage from an injury or a stroke, or problems with the blood vessels. The MRI also can help doctors look for causes of headaches or seizures.

Can MRI diagnose cervical instability?

Conclusions: Magnetic resonance imaging is sensitive to soft-tissue injuries of the cervical spine. When CT scanning and radiography detect no fractures or signs of instability, MR imaging does not help in determining cervical stability and may lead to unnecessary testing when not otherwise indicated.

Why is the head extended during cervical myelography?

For both CTM and MRI, scanning with the neck extended significantly increases the severity of cord compression compared with the standard supine position, to a degree similar to that shown during conventional prone myelography.

What does an MRI of the neck show?

A MRI in the neck may show any of the following conditions: Tumors in the bones or soft tissues of the cervical spine (neck) Herniated discs or bulging discs in the cervical spine. Aneurysm in the arteries of the cervical spine.

Is craniocervical instability present in Chiari one and Chiari zero malformation?

Many studies have drawn attention to the presence of craniocervical instability or basilar invagination in patients with Chiari one and Chiari zero malformation [ 1 – 23 ].

What is “complex Chiari”?

A great deal of literature has drawn attention to the “complex Chiari,” wherein the presence of instability or ventral brainstem compression prompts consideration for addressing both concerns at the time of surgery.

What is cervical craniocervical instability (CCI)?

Craniocervical instability (CCI) is thus a manifestation of ligamentous laxity in EDS [ 18, 53, 61, 62, 93, 94 ]. Most atlanto-occipital joint movement occurs in flexion-extension, and axial rotation is normally limited; greater than 5° rotation at the occipito-atlantal joint is abnormal [ 95 ].

What is the pathophysiology of mild axonal stretch injury in vitro?

Mild axonal stretch injury in vitro induces a progressive series of neurofilament alterations ultimately leading to delayed axotomy. J Neurotrauma. 2005;22:1081–1091.