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Because vein of Galen malformations (VOGMs) are usually diagnosed in young infants, we like to avoid the use of x-rays. For that reason, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the main imaging technique we use to visualize the malformations, understand their structure and assess the status of the surrounding arteries and the overall condition of the brain. MRI is noninvasive and uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves and advanced computer processing to produce 2- and 3-dimensional images of the head, neck and brain. Read more about MRI.
Sometimes VOGMs are noticed before birth on a prenatal ultrasound exam.
However, a variety of other techniques may be useful in particular cases. Specific tests may include:
Sometimes called cerebral arteriography or catheter angiography, cerebral angiography produces the most detailed images of the arteries and veins of the neck, head and brain, using live x-rays. We rarely perform angiography purely as a test, but instead use it to guide treatment of the malformation through embolization.
Utilizing the technology of a conventional CT scan along with an injected dye, CT angiography (CTA) generates images of the blood vessels of the upper chest, neck, and brain.
Based on MRI technology, Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is a group of imaging techniques, used to evaluate blood vessels in the brain, head and neck. Unlike CT angiography, many MRA scans do not rely on contrast injected into the veins to generate images of the vessels, although contrast injections are sometimes used. Like conventional MRI, MRA avoids the use of x-rays.
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