Perinatal Three-dimensional Color Power Doppler Ultrasonography of Vein of Galen Aneurysms

Rodrigo Ruano, Alexandra Benachi, Marie Cecile Aubry, Francis Brunelle, Yves Durnez, Marc Dommergues

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Objective. To present the prenatal and postnatal three-dimensional color power Doppler ultrasonographic features in cases of vein of Galen aneurysmal malformation. Methods. Prenatal three-dimensional color power Doppler ultrasonography was used to image the neurovascular malformations in 3 fetuses with vein of Galen aneurysms and in unaffected control fetuses at the same gestational age. Postnatal transfontanel three-dimensional power Doppler ultrasonography was also performed in the third affected case and in an unaffected control neonate. The feeding and drainage vessels were analyzed in the three-dimensional rendering mode. Results. The first case was complicated by porencephaly and fetal heart failure, and the pregnancy was terminated. The other 2 cases were uncomplicated prenatally, but 1 of the infants died after aneurysmal embolization due to acute cerebral ischemia. The angioarchitecture of the arteriovenous fistula was characterized in greater detail by three-dimensional color power Doppler ultrasonography than by two-dimensional ultrasonography, especially regarding the anatomic features of the feeding and drainage vessels and their connections with the dilated vein of Galen. Conclusions. Three-dimensional color power Doppler ultrasonography provided detailed images of the aneurysmal malformation and its vascular connections. Further studies are needed to correlate three-dimensional vascular imaging patterns with outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1357-1362
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Ultrasound in Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2003


  • Aneurysm, vein of Galen
  • Fetal brain
  • Fetal ultrasonography
  • Power Doppler ultrasonography
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Three-dimensional ultrasonography
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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