June 2015
Volume 56, Issue 7
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   June 2015
Qualitative assessment of cerebrospinal fluid movement in the orbital subarachnoid space: An optimization study
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • David Fleischman
    Duke University Eye Center, Durham, NC
  • Mitsue Miyazaki
    Toshiba Medical Research Institute, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Shinya Yamada
    Neurosurgery, Toshiba Rinkan Hospital, Kanagawa, Japan
  • R Rand Allingham
    Duke University Eye Center, Durham, NC
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships David Fleischman, None; Mitsue Miyazaki, None; Shinya Yamada, None; R Allingham, None
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science June 2015, Vol.56, 4129. doi:
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      David Fleischman, Mitsue Miyazaki, Shinya Yamada, R Rand Allingham; Qualitative assessment of cerebrospinal fluid movement in the orbital subarachnoid space: An optimization study. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2015;56(7 ):4129.

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Purpose: The role of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) dynamics in diseases of the optic nerve, like glaucoma, is coming under increasing scrutiny. In this study we examine the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as an approach to evaluate CSF movement and flow patterns within the perioptic subarachnoid space (POSAS) as a function of head and body position.

Methods: After informed consent was obtained, 2 healthy male volunteers aged 27 years (volunteer A) and 49 years (volunteer B), were recruited to participate in the optimization of imaging parameters for the purpose of quantitative analysis and characterization of CSF flow in the optic nerve sheath. Subjects were studied using a 1.5-T MRI scanner (EXCELART/Vantage; Toshiba, Tochigi, Japan) equipped with quadrature-detected -Head SPEEDER phased array coils (5 channels). CSF fluid movement within the POSAS was studied using cardiac-gated, non-contrast MRI spin labeling, time-spatial labeling inversion pulse (Time-SLIP) with single-shot fast spin echo (SS-FSE) and conventional FSE techniques. The patients were positioned in supine, right- and left-lateral decubitus, and prone positions.

Results: POSAS was consistently asymmetric in subject A and symmetric in subject B. The POSAS was consistently larger in the prone position compared to the supine position in both subjects. No significant difference was grossly noted in both lateral decubitus positions. CSF in the POSAS demonstrated movement in response to eye motion. In a static position, CSF movement was detected by Time-SLIP imaging, but was not pulsatile. Motion artifact and small target size reduced image quality.

Conclusions: This pilot study suggests that CSF movement in ostensibly normal subjects occurs in response to gravity and is motion-dependent. This supports the notion that CSF within the optic nerve sheath moves, similar to other areas within the subarachnoid space. We also noted that the POSAS symmetry in ostensibly normal subjects varies. The results of this optimization study will be used to quantitate these findings and to begin looking at a larger number of subjects, both normal and those with diseases that affect the optic nerve like glaucoma.


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