Advanced MRI strategies for assessing spinal cord injury

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Advanced magnetic resonance (MR) approaches permit the noninvasive quantification of macromolecular, functional, and physiological properties of biological tissues. In this chapter, we review the application of advanced MR techniques to the spinal cord. Macromolecular properties of the spinal cord can be studied using magnetization transfer (MT) MR, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), Q-space diffusion spectroscopy, and selective detection of myelin water. The functional and metabolic status of the spinal cord can be studied using functional MRI (fMRI), perfusion imaging, and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS). Finally, we consider the outlook for advanced MR studies in persons in whom metal hardware has been implanted to stabilize the cord. In spite of the spinal cord's diminutive size, its location deep within the body, and constant motion, recent work shows that the spinal cord can be studied using these advanced MR approaches.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages17
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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