from Dr. Haacke's site www.ms-mri.com
The first complete case we studied came from a collaboration with Juergen Reichenbach in Jena, Germany.
This patient was 45 years old and had a full brain susceptibility weighted imaging scan, an MR venogram of the major veins in the head and neck, and flow quantification in the jugular and dural sinuses.
Here are some example images showing the iron in the lesions from SWI, the iron in the basal ganglia, a conventional FLAIR image, and an image showing the stenosis of one jugular vein.
Figure 1: a) SWI filtered phase image of the basal ganglia in this patient showing abnormal iron content in the globus pallidus on both sides of the brain. b) SWI filtered phase of a normal volunteer showing only vessels no iron build up. c) SWI through the same region showing the main
thalamostriate venous drainage system.
Figure 2: a) Conventional FLAIR image showing a variety of lesions around the ventricles.
b) A single slice SWI filtered phase image showing iron in some lesions and a ring of iron around
one lesion not clearly seen at all with the FLAIR image.
Figure 3: pinched jugular vein
Here is the German speaking Facebook page for CCSVI information.
Hang in there, cah