Diagnosing Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is diagnosed through a neurological evaluation and by using cranial imaging techniques.

 

The following imaging techniques may be used to evaluate the possibility of hydrocephalus:

  • Computed tomography (CT) scanning used to assess the size of cranial ventricles and other structures
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) used to assess the size of cranial ventricles and other structures
  • MRI cine – a special MRI technique that estimates the flow of CSF from one ventricle to the next
  • Ultrasonography to assess for hemorrhage or progression of infant hydrocephalus
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