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Adult Cranial Dura II: Venous Sinuses and Their Extrameningeal Contributions

Shukla, Vershalee; Hayman, L. Anne; Taber, Katherine H.

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: January-February 2003 - Volume 27 - Issue 1 - p 98-102
Graphic Anatomy

This is the second of two articles designed to provide detailed user-friendly schematics of the adult dural vascular anatomy. It supplements the first article on the intrinsic meningeal arteries and veins by describing the dural venous sinuses along with their three remaining connections: to the brain, to the diploë, and to the extracranial soft tissues. The discussion of this anatomy is supplemented by illustrative pathologic insights. This information will assist in interpreting neuroimaging studies, communication with clinicians, and teaching of this complex subject.

From the College of Medicine (V. Shukla), University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada; and Departments of Radiology and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Herbert J. Frensley Center for Imaging Research (L. A. Hayman and K. H. Taber), Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, U.S.A.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. L. Anne Hayman, Department of Radiology, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030-3498, U.S.A. E-mail:

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.