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Diagnostic Imaging in Spinal Cord Injury. Neurosurg Clin N Am 2021 Jul;32(3):323-331

Date

06/01/2021

Pubmed ID

34053720

DOI

10.1016/j.nec.2021.03.004

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-85105493933   2 Citations

Abstract

In the evaluation of spinal trauma, diagnostic imaging is of paramount importance. Computed tomography (CT), flexion/extension radiographs, and MRI are complementary modalities. CT is typically obtained in the initial setting of spinal trauma and provides detailed information about osseous structures. MRI provides detailed information about structural injury to the spinal cord. Diffusion tensor imaging provides microstructural information about the integrity of the axons and myelin sheaths, but its clinical use is limited. Novel imaging techniques may be better suited for the acute clinical setting and are under development for potential future clinical use.

Author List

Shabani S, Meyer BP, Budde MD, Wang MC

Authors

Matthew Budde PhD Associate Professor in the Neurosurgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Marjorie Wang MD Chief, Professor in the Neurosurgery department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Diffusion Tensor Imaging
Humans
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Spinal Cord
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal Injuries