Magnetization transfer magnetic resonance imaging in the assessment of neurological diseases

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Abstract

In several white matter diseases of the central nervous system (CNS), and in particular in multiple sclerosis, conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has proved to be sensitive for detecting lesions and their changes over time. However, conventional MRI is not able to characterize and quantify the tissue damage within and outside such lesions. Magnetization transfer MRI (MT-MRI) is a quantitative MRI technique with the potential to overcome this limitation and, as a consequence, to provide additional information about the nature and the extent of tissue damage. Metrics derived from MT-MRI can quantify the structural changes occurring within and outside lesions visible on conventional MRI scans. The present review summarizes the major contributions given by MT-MRI to provide an accurate in vivo picture of the heterogeneity of CNS pathology and, ultimately, to improve our ability to monitor the evolution of various neurological conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-313
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Neuroimaging
Volume14
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2004

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Central Nervous System
Leukoencephalopathies
Multiple Sclerosis
Pathology

Keywords

  • CNS disorders
  • Magnetization transfer imaging
  • Multiple sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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