Abducens nerve on MRI

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard

Presentation

Being assessed for left sided hearing loss.

Patient Data

Age: Adult
Gender: Male
MRI

Annotated MRI (FIESTA)

Annotated high resolution FIESTA sequence through the medulla and pons demonstrates the normal course of the abducens nerve (CN VI)  (white arrow) as it ascends from the ponto-medullary junction to Dorello's canal

Case Discussion

The abducens nerve is difficult to see on routine imaging, but can be delineated on high resolution sequences. 

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