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Intracranial Venous System Overview
Anne G. Osborn, MD, FACR
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Terminology

  • Abbreviations

    • Superior sagittal sinus (SSS)
    • Inferior sagittal sinus (ISS)
    • Internal cerebral vein (ICV)
    • Straight sinus (SS)
    • Great cerebral vein (vein of Galen, VofG)
    • Transverse sinus (TS)
    • Superior/inferior petrosal sinuses (SPS/IPS)
    • Cavernous sinus (CS)
    • Internal jugular vein (IJV)
    • Basal vein of Rosenthal (BVR)
    • Superficial, deep middle cerebral veins (SMCV; DMCV)
  • Definitions

    • Dural sinuses are large, endothelial-lined trabeculated venous channels encased within folds/reflections of dura that define, form their walls
    • Cerebral veins are thin-walled, valveless structures that cross SAS, pierce arachnoid/inner dura to enter dural venous sinus

Gross Anatomy

  • Overview

    • Subheader

      • Anatomy Relationships

        Imaging Anatomy

        • Overview

          Anatomy Imaging Issues

          • Imaging Recommendations

            • Imaging Pitfalls

              Related Anatomy
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              Terminology

              • Abbreviations

                • Superior sagittal sinus (SSS)
                • Inferior sagittal sinus (ISS)
                • Internal cerebral vein (ICV)
                • Straight sinus (SS)
                • Great cerebral vein (vein of Galen, VofG)
                • Transverse sinus (TS)
                • Superior/inferior petrosal sinuses (SPS/IPS)
                • Cavernous sinus (CS)
                • Internal jugular vein (IJV)
                • Basal vein of Rosenthal (BVR)
                • Superficial, deep middle cerebral veins (SMCV; DMCV)
              • Definitions

                • Dural sinuses are large, endothelial-lined trabeculated venous channels encased within folds/reflections of dura that define, form their walls
                • Cerebral veins are thin-walled, valveless structures that cross SAS, pierce arachnoid/inner dura to enter dural venous sinus

              Gross Anatomy

              • Overview

                • Subheader

                  • Anatomy Relationships

                    Imaging Anatomy

                    • Overview

                      Anatomy Imaging Issues

                      • Imaging Recommendations

                        • Imaging Pitfalls