We assessed in 12 patients the value of MR images in which a surface anatomy scanning (SAS) image and an MR venogram are added. We obtained SAS images using the half-Fourier technique and MR venograms with the 2D phase-contrast technique. The added images provided sufficient information concerning brain surface as well as cortical veins. Their findings correlated with those at surgery in six patients who underwent scalp incision marking. This technique provides valuable anatomical information preoperatively.