A Venus necklace is a term almost never used, but for the sake of completeness is included here. It is used by some authors 1 to describe a series of T2 hyperintense lesions on the inferior surface of the corpus callosum in the midline (callososeptal interface), most frequently seen in multiple sclerosis.
The term has also been used in the dermatology community to syphilitic leukoderma 2 as well as to describe thin skin lines at the base of the neck of a young woman; this is meant to be a sign of beauty 3 and clearly should be discerned from syphillis.
"Her waist was small, exceedingly, as was in accordance with the taste of that day, but her hips and bust were large; there was a promise of a double chin to come later. The necklace of Venus showed alluringly in her full young throat, and in the knuckles of her small white hands were dimples" 4
The origin of the term comes from a necklace which the goddess Venus was said to wear.
Needless to say, this has been a digression and the term should never be used for radiological purposes.
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