A Prospective Study of Role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Central Nervous System Infections
Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Central Nervous System Infections
Background: Infections of the central nervous system (CNS) are important cause of morbidity and mortality world- wide owing to their life threatening complications. Today with the availability of excellent antimicrobials, many of these disorders are potentially treatable, making early recognition imperative. MRI has revolutionised the manner in which diagnosis is made. Aims: Our aim was to study the characteristic MRI imaging features of various CNS infections and corelate them clinically. Subjects and Methods: Total 50 (of all age groups) patients who were clinically suspected of CNS infections were subjected to MRI examination using MAGNETOM ESSENZA SIEMENS operating at 1.5 Tesla. MRI findings were analysed&corelated clinically. Results & Conclusion: CNS infections were almost equally distributed among males and females and were mostly found in paediatric population. Neurocysticercosis and Tuberculosis were the two most common CNS Infections diagnosed. Basilar meningitis is highly suggestive of tuberculosis.