Diseases of the intracranial meninges: MR imaging features

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1993 Apr;160(4):727-33. doi: 10.2214/ajr.160.4.8456653.


Although the meninges are often thought of simplistically as a connective tissue sac that contains the CSF and the contents of the CNS, they are far more complex. Anatomically, they comprise several layers. Pathologically, numerous disease processes may affect the meninges; different processes may even involve different areas of the meninges. These factors all influence the MR imaging characteristics of meningeal lesions. This review briefly discusses the anatomy of the meninges, the MR imaging technique when meningeal disease is suspected, and the appearance of the normal meninges. It then focuses on tumors, infections, cysts, and other lesions that primarily involve the meninges, excluding lesions that secondarily involve the meninges.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arachnoid Cysts / diagnosis*
  • Carcinoma / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / secondary
  • Meninges / pathology*
  • Meningitis / diagnosis*