Central nervous system curriculum

The central nervous system curriculum is one of our curriculum articles and aims to be a collection of articles that represent the core central nervous system knowledge.

Topics pertaining to the intracranial content (brain, pituitary, dura, intracranial vasculatures). There will be some overlap between this curriculum and the head and neck curriculum and the paediatric curriculum

An understanding of the anatomy of relevant structures is essential. Core anatomical topics include:

Imaging techniques relevant to imaging of the central nervous system include:

Cortical malformations
Proliferative disorders
Migration disorders
Organisation disorders

For more detail see malformations of cortical development classification

Cerebellar malformations
Dysraphic Malformations
Other malformations
Metabolic encephalopathies
Inborn errors of metabolism
Toxic encephalopathy
  • intra vs. extra-axial location
  • DWI, PWI, MRS of brain tumours
1: Neuroepithelial tumours
Neuronal and mixed neuronal-glial tumours
Pineal tumours
Embryonal tumours
2: Tumours of the peripheral nerves
3: Meningeal tumours
4: Lymphatic and haematopoetic tumours
5: Germ cell tumours
6: Tumours of the sellar region
7: Metastases to the brain
8: Intracranial extensions from the skull
9: Non-neoplastic mass lesions and cysts
Stroke: diagnosis and therapy
  • pathophysiology of ischaemic and haemorrhagic stroke
  • cardiovascular conditions leading to ischaemia and stroke
  • imaging patterns of stroke
  • early CT signs of acute cerebral ischaemia
  • conventional MR Imaging findings
  • CT perfusion, CTA
  • diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI)
  • MRA and MR perfusion
  • ischaemic penumbra
  • stroke therapy and outcome
Spontaneous intracranial haemorrhage
Vascular anomalies & malformations
Venous thrombosis
Vascular neurointerventional procedures
  • indications
  • basic techniques
Granulomatous inflammatory diseases
Fungal brain infections
Parasitic infestations
Viral encephalitides
Prion infections
AIDS imaging and current therapy effects
Extrapyramidal disorders
Presenile dementia
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rID: 13723
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Neuroradiology curriculum
  • CNS curriculum

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