MRI FINDINGS IN WHITE MATTER DISEASE
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Objectives

 

To determine MRI findings in white matter diseases.

 

Study design

 

Prospective cross-sectional study.

 

Setting of study

 

Kenyatta National Hospital and Plaza Imaging Solutions, Nairobi.

 

Subjects studied

 

136 patients with white matter lesions were enrolled in the study from September 2008 to April 2009.

 

Results of the study

 

99.2% and 99.3% of the studied patients had high signal intensities with T2W and FLAIR sequences respectively in the white matter of the brain.  The commonest clinical presentations were limb weakness and seizures in 53 and 23 patients respectively.  The periventricular location was the commonest site for the lesion (66%) of the all studied locations in the brain.

 

Conclusion

 

MRI of the brain especially with T2W and FLAIR sequences plays a critical role towards the diagnosis of white matter diseases and hence contributing to the total patient management.