Role of contrast-enhanced MR venography in the preoperative evaluation of parasagittal meningiomas

Alessandro Bozzao, Vanina Finocchi, Andrea Romano, Michele Ferrante, Fabrizio Fasoli, Giuseppe Trillò, Luigi Ferrante, Luigi Maria Fantozzi

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Parasagittal meningiomas (PSM) may pose a difficult surgical challenge since venous patency and collateral anastomoses have to be clearly defined for correct surgical planning. The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic value of contrast-enhanced (CE) magnetic resonance venography (MRV) in the preoperative evaluation of venous infiltration and collateral venous anastomoses in patients with PSM. CE-MRV was compared with phase-contrast (PC) magnetic resonance (MR) angiography, conventional angiography (when available), and surgery as a reference. Twenty-three patients undergoing surgery for meningiomas located adjacent to the superior sagittal sinus were prospectively evaluated. All the patients underwent both conventional MR examination and MRV. This was performed by means of PC and CE techniques. Both sets of angiograms (CE and PC) were evaluated by two expert neuroradiologists to assess (1) patency of the sinus (patent/occluded), (2) the extent of occlusion (in centimeters), and (3) the number of collateral anastomoses close to the insertion of the meningioma. Eight patients underwent digital subtraction angiography (DSA). All patients were operated on, and intraoperative findings were taken as the gold standard to evaluate the diagnostic value of MRA techniques. PC-MRV showed a flow void inside the sinus compatible with its occlusion in 15 cases, whereas CE-MRV showed the sinus to be occluded in five cases. CE-MRV data were confirmed by surgery, showing five patients to have an occlusion of the superior sagittal sinus. The PC-MRV sensitivity was thus 100% with a specificity of 50%. In those cases in which both MRV techniques documented occlusion of the sinus, the extent of occlusion was overestimated by PC compared with CE and surgery. CE-MRV depicted 87% of collateral venous anastomoses close to the meningioma as subsequently confirmed by surgery, while PC showed 58%. In the preoperative planning for patients with meningiomas located close to a venous sinus, CE-MRV provides additional and more reliable information concerning venous infiltration and the presence of collateral anastomoses compared with PC sequences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1790-1796
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Radiology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005


  • Collateral venous anastomoses
  • Contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance venography
  • Parasagittal meningiomas
  • Venous infiltration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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