Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the Spinal Cord

Sho-Jen Cheng, Ping-Huei Tsai, Yun-Ting Lee, Yi-Tien Li, Hsiao-Wen Chung, Cheng-Yu Chen

研究成果: 雜誌貢獻回顧型文獻同行評審


Spinal cord often is regarded as one of the last territories in the central nervous system where diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) can be used to probe white matter architecture. This article reviews current progress in spinal cord DTI, starting with anatomic properties and technical challenges that make spinal cord DTI a difficult task. Several possibilities offered by advanced pulse sequences that might overcome the difficulties are addressed, with associated trade-offs and limitations. Potential clinical assistance also is discussed in various spinal cord pathologies, such as myelopathy due to external compression, spinal cord tumors, acute ischemia, traumatic injury, and so forth.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 放射學、核子醫學和影像學


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