European Radiology

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Brain ventricular wall movement assessed by a gated cine MR trueFISP sequence in patients treated with endoscopic third ventriculostomy

  • Jérôme HodelEmail author
  • Philippe Decq
  • Alain Rahmouni
  • Sylvie Bastuji-Garin
  • Anne Maraval
  • Catherine Combes
  • Béchir Jarraya
  • Caroline Le Guérinel
  • André Gaston


The purpose of this study was to investigate the value of brain ventricular wall movement assessment with a gated cine trueFISP MR sequence for the diagnosis of endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) patency. Sixteen healthy volunteers and ten consecutive patients with noncommunicating hydrocephalus were explored with a MR scanner (Siemens, Avanto 1.5 T) before, 1 week and 3 months after ETV. TrueFISP was evaluated qualitatively (ventricular wall movement and CSF flow through ETV) and quantitatively [distance moved (DMLT) during a cardiac cycle by the lamina terminalis]. The third ventricle volume (TVV) was assessed. Statistical analysis was performed using nonparametric tests. There was no motion of the lamina terminalis (LT) detected on preoperative data. A pulsatile motion of the LT was found for patients with a patent ETV and for controls. DMLT and TVV were correlated (r = 0.79, P = 0.006). A transient dysfunction of ETV was successfully diagnosed on the trueFISP sequence with no motion of the LT or CSF flow observed. The trueFISP sequence appears reliable for the diagnosis of ETV patency and provides non-invasive assessment of the movement of the ventricular wall related to CSF pressure changes.


Cine magnetic resonance imaging Brain Motion Cerebro-spinal fluid Obstructive hydrocephalus 



The authors want to warmly acknowledge Alexandre Vignaud, PhD, for his essential advice for optimising the trueFISP sequence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jérôme Hodel
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 8
    Email author
  • Philippe Decq
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
  • Alain Rahmouni
    • 2
    • 3
    • 6
  • Sylvie Bastuji-Garin
    • 2
    • 3
    • 7
  • Anne Maraval
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Catherine Combes
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Béchir Jarraya
    • 2
    • 3
    • 5
  • Caroline Le Guérinel
    • 3
    • 5
  • André Gaston
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Unité Analyse et Restauration du mouvement, UMR-CNRSParisFrance
  2. 2.Faculté de médecine Paris XIIParisFrance
  3. 3.Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de ParisParisFrance
  4. 4.Department of NeuroradiologyHôpital Henri MONDORCréteilFrance
  5. 5.Department of NeurosurgeryHôpital Henri MONDORCréteilFrance
  6. 6.Department of RadiologyHôpital Henri MONDORCréteilFrance
  7. 7.Department of Public HealthHôpital Henri MONDORCréteilFrance
  8. 8.Hôpital Henri MondorCréteilFrance

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