Vessel wall MRI for suspected isolated basilar artery dissection

Emmanuel C. Obusez, Stephen E. Jones, Ferdinand Hui

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Isolated basilar artery dissection is an uncommon intracranial vasculopathy with a poor prognosis. Digital subtraction angiography is considered the definitive modality for diagnosis. Vessel wall MRI (VW-MRI) is an emerging non-invasive technique for assessing the structural integrity of intracranial vessel walls and lumina. Recently, a small number of studies have described the vessel wall patterns of intracranial artery dissection. However, studies on vessel wall imaging of isolated basilar artery dissection remain limited. We describe a patient with suspected isolated spontaneous basilar artery dissection diagnosed using VW-MRI.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-179
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
StatePublished - May 1 2016


  • Basilar dissection
  • Digital subtraction angiography
  • MRI
  • Vessel wall imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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