MRI of the epidural space after gelatin/gadolinium venous injection

Surg Radiol Anat. 1994;16(1):71-5. doi: 10.1007/BF01627924.


The head and vertebral column from two human cadavers were injected with a solution of gelatin and gadolinium (Dotarem) and imaged using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Comparisons between gross anatomic slices and corresponding images of the lumbar vertebral column confirmed the usefulness of a paramagnetic agent for visualising the epidural venous plexus. This technique provides accurate images of the posterior longitudinal ligament.

MeSH terms

  • Contrast Media* / administration & dosage
  • Epidural Space / anatomy & histology*
  • Gadolinium* / administration & dosage
  • Gelatin* / administration & dosage
  • Humans
  • Injections, Intravenous
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging


  • Contrast Media
  • Gelatin
  • Gadolinium