Morphometric MRI Study of the Brain Ventricles in Healthy Turkish Subjects

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Sema Polat; Fatma Yasemin Öksüzler; Mahmut Öksüzler; Ayse Gül Kabakci & Ahmet Hilmi Yücel


The aim of this study was to determine the normal values of brain ventricles and indices in healthy subjects in our population using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and to reveal sex and age related differences. The MRI of two hundred-sixty-five healthy individuals aged between eighteen and eighty-seven years were examined and the midsagittal and axial images were used for measurements. The measurements were performed from MRI on a Workstation. The following mean values of brain ventricles and indices were observed; frontal horn width (FHW) (33.14 mm); third (3rd) ventricle width (TVW) (3.37 mm); fourth ventricle anteroposterior width (FVWAP) (9.93 mm); fourth ventricle transverse width (FVWT) (12.40 mm); and the maximum transverse inner diameter of the skull (TIDS) (128.75 mm) in females. The same dimensions were 34.85 mm, 3.91 mm, 10.26 mm, 12.81 mm, and 134.68 mm in males, respectively. There were statistically significantly differences in the frontal horn width, third (3rd) ventricle width, and the maximum transverse inner diameter of the skull values in between sexes. The mean values of Evans’ index which obtanied with maximum width between the frontal horns of the lateral ventricles divided by the maximum transverse inner diameter of the skull were found as 0.280 ±0.172 in females; whereas the same dimensions were calculated 0.276±0.161 in males. These values were lower in healthy male subjects than females, however; there were no found significantly difference between groups. Present findings obtained from MRI are necessary anatomical baseline data for interpreting pathological changes, planning surgery, and determining presence and progress of some neurological diseases.

KEY WORDS: Brain ventricles; Morphometric study; MRI.

How to cite this article

POLAT, S.; ÖKSÜZLER, F. Y.; ÖKSÜZLER, M.; KABAKCI, A. G. & YÜCEL, A. H. Morphometric MRI study of the brain ventricles in healthy Turkish subjects. Int. J. Morphol., 37(2):554-560, 2019.