MR neurography: Diagnostic utility in the surgical treatment of peripheral nerve disorders

Gerald A. Grant, Robert Goodkin, Kenneth R. Maravilla, Michel Kliot*

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Abstract

Advances in MR imaging have improved the visualization of normal and pathologic peripheral nerve structures in various clinical settings. The ability to image peripheral nerves has the potential to dramatically change the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral nerve pathology and lead to an improved understanding of peripheral nerve pathophysiology. Currently, MR imaging serves as a problem-solving tool when additional anatomic information is needed to clarify ambiguous electrodiagnostic and clinical examinations. The next major advance in MR imaging of peripheral nerves will likely be the transition from anatomic to physiologic imaging with higher resolution as better phased-array surface coils and higher-field-strength magnets become available. Finally, MR neurography should remain complementary to the clinical examination and electrodiagnostic studies in the evaluation of peripheral nerve disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-133
Number of pages19
JournalNeuroimaging Clinics of North America
Volume14
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology

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