Normal and variant anatomy of the dural venous sinuses

Semin Ultrasound CT MR. 1994 Dec;15(6):499-519. doi: 10.1016/s0887-2171(05)80019-8.


The normal and variant anatomy of the cerebral veins and dural venous sinuses is poorly understood by many radiologists. Beginning with a discussion of cerebral venous anatomy, this review illustrates clinically pertinent anatomy of the cerebral sinovenous system. Various methods of imaging cerebral veins and dural venous sinuses are described. Techniques and pitfalls of MR venography are emphasized.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Angiography
  • Cerebral Veins / anatomy & histology*
  • Cerebral Veins / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Veins / pathology
  • Cranial Sinuses / anatomy & histology*
  • Cranial Sinuses / diagnostic imaging
  • Cranial Sinuses / pathology
  • Dura Mater / blood supply*
  • Dura Mater / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography
  • Phlebography