Advanced MRI strategies for assessing spinal cord injury.

TitleAdvanced MRI strategies for assessing spinal cord injury.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsSmith SA, Pekar JJ, van Zijl PCM
JournalHandbook of clinical neurology
Volume109
Pagination85-101
Date Published2012
Abstract

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.

DOI10.1155/2013/326986
Alternate JournalHandb Clin Neurol