MRI of cranial nerve enhancement

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2005 Dec;185(6):1487-97. doi: 10.2214/AJR.04.1518.


Objective: In this pictorial essay, we review the MR appearance of cranial nerve enhancement in a variety of entities including neoplastic, infectious, and idiopathic diseases.

Conclusion: MRI with contrast enhancement is a valuable tool for detecting and characterizing disease of the cranial nerves. Abnormal cranial nerve enhancement on MRI may sometimes be the first or only indication of an underlying disease process.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contrast Media
  • Cranial Nerves / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*


  • Contrast Media