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Before treating cavernous malformations (CMs), the care team will conduct a variety of specific neurologic tests to assess brain function, in addition to imaging tests.
At Boston Children's Hospital, we use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) to diagnose and evaluate cavernous malformations. Unlike most other cerebrovascular conditions, cavernous malformations are difficult or impossible to see on angiograms, because the blood flow within the malformations is very slow and because the vessels feeding them are so tiny.
MRI produces 2- and 3-dimensional images of the head, neck and brain using a strong magnetic field, radio waves and advanced computer processing. It is noninvasive and uses no x-rays or radiation exposure of any kind.
CT uses x-ray equipment and powerful computers to create detailed, cross-sectional images (often called "slices") of the head, neck and brain. Most CT scans are performed in seconds, although it can take 10 minutes of longer to position the child correctly for the exam. It is noninvasive and highly accurate, and provides more detailed images of the bony and soft tissue structure of the head and neck than conventional x-rays.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”