The normal and variant anatomy of the cerebral veins and dural venous sinuses is poorly understood by many radiologists. Beginning with a discussion of cerebral venous anatomy, this review illustrates clinically pertinent anatomy of the cerebral sinovenous system. Various methods of imaging cerebral veins and dural venous sinuses are described. Techniques and pitfalls of MR venography are emphasized. © 1994 W.B. Saunders Company. All rights reserved.