Palpating the Brain with MR Elastography to Detect Raised Intracranial Pressure

John J. Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic Neuro-ophthalmologist, discusses recent research using MR elastography to detect raised intracranial pressure. The potential for vision loss, that could become permanent, is the main reason for a proper diagnosis of raised intracranial pressure. Mayo Clinic’s previous data lead to a grant to evaluate intracranial pressure using MR elastography. MR elastography may be a way to noninvasively detect increased intracranial pressure which would improve both diagnosis and treatment.

Video Outline:

  •       Introduction
  •       Pseudotumor Cerebri, the most common cause of raised intracranial pressure (:13)

            o   90% of patients are young adult females who are overweight

  •       Current methods of measuring intracranial pressure (2:36)
  •       Brain MR elastography to measure stiffness of the brain (3:31)
  •       Detailed images of brain stiffness (3:57)
  •       Current grant to evaluate raised intracranial pressure using MR elastography (5:52)
  •       Summary (6:43)
  •       Conclusion

For more information visit

Created by

Mayo Clinic