The Ventricular System of the Brain: Anatomy and Normal Variations

Lindsay Stratchko, Irina Filatova, Amit Agarwal, Sangam Kanekar

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The cerebral ventricular system is intimately associated with the forebrain and brainstem. The ventricular system functions to produce and circulate cerebrospinal fluid, which plays an important role in mechanical protection and regulation of homeostasis in the central nervous system. This article discusses anatomy and neuroimaging of the ventricular system and highlights normal anatomical variations that may be mistaken for pathology. Applied surgical anatomy is reviewed with emphasis on operative approach and potential risk to adjacent central nervous system structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)72-83
Number of pages12
JournalSeminars in Ultrasound, CT and MRI
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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