Magnetic resonance diffusion imaging of the human cervical spinal cord in vivo

Clark, C. A., Barker, G. J. and Tofts, P. S. (1999) Magnetic resonance diffusion imaging of the human cervical spinal cord in vivo. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 41 (6). pp. 1269-73. ISSN 0740-3194

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Abstract

Knowledge of water diffusion characteristics within the human spinal cord may provide important information about the structural nature of spinal cord pathology. However, the sensitivity of diffusion imaging methods to motion and the requirement for high in-plane resolution has hitherto restricted study of spinal cord diffusion to excised samples. The first diffusion images of the human cervical spinal cord in vivo are presented using a navigated pulsed-gradient spin-echo sequence. Anisotropic diffusion in the cord is demonstrated in agreement with in vitro studies, and further development of the technique for clinical studies is discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Artifacts Humans Magnetic Resonance Imaging/ methods Spinal Cord/ anatomy & histology
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Depositing User: Paul Stephen Tofts
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2012 16:50
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/825
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