Cerebellar Disorders in Children – Chapter 6: Neuroimaging of the Posterior Fossa (ebook)


Chapter 6 – Neuroimaging of the Posterior Fossa

Thierry A.G.M. Huisman

For many decades the cerebellum has been neglected by mainstream neuroradiology and neuroradiological research. Most of the research has focused on the supratentorial brain. More recently, research groups have begun using high-end anatomic and functional non-invasive imaging techniques to unravel the mystery of the cerebellum. Given the complex functional processes and unique cerebellar circuitry, it is evident that high resolution anatomic imaging should be combined with functional imaging sequences to better understand the normal and abnormal cerebellum. In the current chapter all clinically available imaging modalities including ultrasonography, CT, and anatomic and functional MRI will be discussed.

Please note that Chapters 5 and 6 are also available in Part 3: Imaging of the Cerebellum.

About the Complete Book:

This clinically orientated text by an international group of experts is the first definitive reference book on disorders of the cerebellum in children. It presents a wealth of practical clinical experience backed up by a strong scientific basis for the information and guidance given. The first part sets out the theoretical underpinnings of cerebellar disorders. This is followed by sections on clinical conditions grouped according to common characteristics such as aetiology and symptomatology. The descriptions of the clinical conditions each systematically cover, as appropriate, epidemiology, prevalence, diagnostic criteria, clinical features (including course and prognosis), pathophysiology, genetics, investigations, differential diagnosis, and management and treatment. This book will be an invaluable resource for all those caring for children affected by cerebellar disorders, including malformations, genetic and metabolic disorders, acquired cerebellar damage, vascular disorders and acute ataxias. This comprehensive reference text on cerebellar disorders in children includes chapters on cerebellar development, prenatal cerebellar imaging, imaging of the posterior fossa, with coverage of a broad range of malformations, genetic and metabolic disorders involving the cerebellum, prenatal cerebellar disruptions (as related to prematurity), vascular disorders, tumors and paraneoplastic syndromes, as well as acute ataxia and trauma to the posterior fossa. Numerous checklists are provided to assist in the differential diagnosis of clinical signs and neuroimaging findings.

Paediatric neurologists, paediatricians, neurologists, developmental paediatricians, neuroimaging specialists, geneticists, neonatologists

Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 191-192