Palpating the brain with MR elastography to detect raised intracranial pressure

John J. Chen, M.D., Ph.D., a neuro-ophthalmologist at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, discusses recent research using MR elastography to detect raised intracranial pressure. The potential for vision loss that could become permanent is the primary reason for a proper diagnosis.

Previous data lead to a grant to evaluate intracranial pressure using MR elastography, which may be a way to noninvasively detect increased intracranial pressure that would improve both diagnosis and treatment.

Video content outline:

  • Introduction
  • Pseudotumor cerebri, the most common cause of raised intracranial pressure (:13)
    • 90 percent 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, see Mayo Clinic Clinical Trials Evaluating Raised Intracranial Pressure Using MR Elastography.



May 31, 2017

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