Preoperative assessment of microvascular decompression for hemifacial spasm with fusion imaging of 3D MR cisternogram/angiogram

Keisuke Onoda, Toru Satoh, Yasuyuki Miyoshi, Koji Tokunaga, Kenji Sugiu, Isao Date

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Abstract

The preoperative assessment of microvascular decompression (MVD) for hemifacial spasm has been performed with MRI, but assessment of the compressive status by 2D imaging has a number of limitations. We used a fusion image of the 3D MR cisternogram and co-registered 3D MR angiogram, reconstructed from MR cisternogram, obtained by 3D fast spin-echo sequence, and MR angiography, 3D time-of-flight and spoiled-gradient recalled sequences, for the preoperative assessment of the offending artery in 10 patients with hemifacial spasm. The anatomical relationship of the nerve-vessel complex was assessed on the simulated images, and compared with the intraoperative findings. The fusion image of the 3D MR cisternogram/angiogram depicted contours of the brain, nerves, and vessels clearly, and that allowed precise assessment of the pathogenic compression of the facial nerve by the offending vessels, comparative to the operative findings. The fusion imaging of the 3D MR cisternogram/ angiogram may provide useful information in the surgical planning of MVD for hemifacial spasm.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)785-791
Number of pages7
JournalNeurological Surgery
Volume34
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2006

Keywords

  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Microvascular decompression
  • Three dimensional MR angiogram
  • Three dimensional MR cisternogram

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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