How is the chiari malformation diagnosed and evaluated?

Clinical exam, MRI. A thorough evaluation and clinical exam can assess for symptoms of chiari. If there is suspicion, an MRI of the cranio-cervical junction will confirm the diagnosis. Dynamic MRI with cine can show the lack of cerebrospinal fluid pulsations. At times, chiari is being identified on MRI in a patient with no symptoms. A neurosurgeon should be consulted regarding any need of treatment.
Imaging study. By clinical examination and imaging studies like mri.