Magnetic resonance imaging of acute subarachnoid hemorrhage

J Neurosurg. 1988 May;68(5):731-6. doi: 10.3171/jns.1988.68.5.0731.


The feasibility, safety, and diagnostic value of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging versus computerized tomography (CT) scanning were compared in 30 patients with clinical evidence of subarachnoid hemorrhage. Subarachnoid blood was identified more often and more information was available about the site and source of the hemorrhage on MR imaging than on CT. Magnetic resonance imaging could be used safely both before and after the operation, provided that nonferromagnetic clips were used and that comprehensive monitoring and cardiorespiratory support were available. Postoperative studies showed that artifacts from metallic implants and from patient movement caused less image degradation on MR images than on CT scans.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / diagnosis*
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed