Intracranial Cerebrospinal Fluid Volume Evaluation in Healthy People and Hydrocephalus Patients using SPACE Sequence

Author(s): Xiaofeng Wu, Seidu A. Richard, Xu Xiangdong, Zhang Lirong, Wu Min*

Journal Name: Current Medical Imaging
Formerly: Current Medical Imaging Reviews

Volume 17 , Issue 7 , 2021

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Introduction: Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) is produced mainly by the choroid plexus but with a substantial influence by the ependymal lining of the ventricles in the brain. Hydrocephalus occurs as a result of discrepancy in the production as well as circulation of CSF as a result of congenital and acquired conditions. Nevertheless, studies on the differences between CSF dynamics according to age and gender are still insufficient. Thus, this study evaluated the volume of intracranial CSF in healthy people and hydrocephalus patients taking into account the differences between CSF dynamics according to age and gender using Sampling Perfection with Application optimised Contrast using different flip-angle Evolution (SPACE) sequence.

Methods: 120 healthy volunteers and 60 patients with hydrocephalus were included in this study. SPACE sequence was used to evaluate intracranial CSF with a 3.0T magnetic resonance machine. The total volume of intracranial CSF and the amount of CSF in the ventricle were obtained using a software, and the volume ratio of CSF in the subarachnoid space, the ventricle and the subarachnoid space were calculated.

Results: The mean volume of intracranial CSF, ventricular CSF, and subarachnoid CSF of male volunteers were (206.9±47.7) cm3, (33.0±10.7) cm3, (173.9±37.9) cm3 respectively. The average volume of intracranial CSF, ventricular CSF, and subarachnoid CSF of female volunteers were (199.7±44.9) cm3, (30.8±9.4) cm3, and (168.9±37.0) cm3, respectively. Thus, no significant statistically (P>0.05) difference between males and females was found. (3) The mean values of intracranial CSF, ventricle CSF and subarachnoid CSF, ventricle and subarachnoid CSF volume ratio in patients with hydrocephalus were significantly greater than health volunteers. Thus, the difference between the two groups was statistically significant (P<0.05).

Conclusion: SPACE sequence can quantitatively determine the content of CSF. The change of CSF volume has nothing to do with gender but with age. It is feasible to use SPACE sequence to evaluate the spatial distribution and volume of intracranial CSF.

Keywords: CSF, hydrocephalus, intracranial, ICP, SPACE, volunteers.

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Year: 2021
Published on: 06 May, 2021
Page: [878 - 883]
Pages: 6
DOI: 10.2174/1573405617666210504093557

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