Correlation of angiography and MR imaging in cerebral vasculitis

Harry J. Cloft, C. D. Phillips, J. E. Dix, B. C. McNulty, M. T. Zagardo, D. F. Kallmes

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Purpose: MR imaging and cerebral angiography were correlated in patients with primary angiitis of the central nervous system (PACNS) to assess the relative roles of these imaging modalities in the diagnosis. Material and Methods: In 9 patients, MR imaging and angiography were compared with regard to the relative involvement of each major vascular territory. Vascular territories assessed were the anterior, middle, and posterior cerebral arteries, and the posterior fossa. Results: All patients had angiographie findings consistent with vasculitis in multiple vascular territories. MR findings ranged from normal to diffusely abnormal. One patient had a completely normal MR investigation. Of 50 territories affected by vasculitis on angiography, 17 (34%) were normal on MR. Conclusion: Relative to cerebral angiography, MR imaging is a poor indicator of the presence or absence of PACNS. Angiography is indicated when clinical suspicion of PACNS is strong, regardless of the findings on MR.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)83-87
Number of pages5
JournalActa Radiologica
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999


  • Brain, vasculitis
  • Cerebral angiography
  • MR imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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