Quantitative MRI of the Spinal Cord, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0123972825
  • ISBN-13: 9780123972828
  • DDC: 616.830757
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 330 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Quantitative MRI of the Spinal Cord is the first book focused on quantitative MRI techniques with specific application to the human spinal cord. This work includes coverage of diffusion-weighted imaging, magnetization transfer imaging, relaxometry, functional MRI, and spectroscopy. Although these methods have been successfully used in the brain for the past 20 years, their application in the spinal cord remains problematic due to important acquisition challenges (such as small cross-sectional size, motion, and susceptibility artifacts). To date, there is no consensus on how to apply these techniques; this book reviews and synthesizes state-of-the-art methods so users can successfully apply them to the spinal cord. Quantitative MRI of the Spinal Cord introduces the theory behind each quantitative technique, reviews each theory's applications in the human spinal cord and describes its pros and cons, and suggests a simple protocol for applying each quantitative technique to the spinal cord.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction to “Quantitative MRI of the Spinal Cord”.
1: Quantitative Biomarkers in the Spinal Cord: What For?.
2: Rationale for Quantitative MRI of the Human Spinal Cord and Clinical Applications.
3: Inflammatory Demyelinating Diseases.
4: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Acute Spinal Cord Injury and Prognosis.
5: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury: Chronic Spinal Cord Injury and Recovery.
6: Physics of MRI.
7: Array Coils.
8: B0 Inhomogeneity and Shimming.
9: Susceptibility Artifacts.
10: Ultra-High Field Spinal Cord Imaging.
11: Imaging Spinal Cord Structure.
12: Diffusion-Weighted Imaging of the Spinal Cord.
13: Q-Space Imaging: A Model-Free Approach.
14: Advanced Methods to Study White Matter Microstructure.
15: Magnetization Transfer.
16: T2 Relaxation.
17: Atrophy.
18: Imaging Spinal Cord Function.
19: Spinal Cord fMRI.
20: Physiological Noise Modeling and Analysis for Spinal Cord fMRI.
21: Mapping the Vasculature of the Spinal Cord.
22: Spectroscopy.
23: Single Voxel MR Spectroscopy in the Spinal Cord: Technical Challenges and Clinical Applications.
Annex: Anatomy of the Spinal Cord.