How do we diagnose a CSF leak?
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a noninvasive tool for identifying CSF leaks. MRI uses a
magnetic field to produce highly detailed images of the spine. MRI does not use radiation and is
not associated with radiation risks.
Computed tomography, or CT scans, can be used to diagnose CSF leaks. CT scanners use a series
of x-rays and advanced computers to create images of the brain and spine. A related technique
called CT myelography adds contrast dye injected into the spinal canal to identify the site of a