Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 41, Issue 3, pp 257–271

High-resolution 3-T MR neurography of peroneal neuropathy

  • Avneesh Chhabra
  • Neda Faridian-Aragh
  • Majid Chalian
  • Theodoros Soldatos
  • Shrey K. Thawait
  • Eric H. Williams
  • Gustav Andreisek
Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00256-011-1146-y

Cite this article as:
Chhabra, A., Faridian-Aragh, N., Chalian, M. et al. Skeletal Radiol (2012) 41: 257. doi:10.1007/s00256-011-1146-y

Abstract

The common peroneal nerve (CPN), a major terminal branch of the sciatic nerve, can be subject to a variety of pathologies, which may affect the nerve at any level from the lumbar plexus to its distal branches. Although the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy is traditionally based on a patient’s clinical findings and electrodiagnostic tests, magnetic resonance neurography (MRN) is gaining an increasing role in the definition of the type, site, and extent of peripheral nerve disorders. Current high-field MR scanners enable high-resolution and excellent soft-tissue contrast imaging of peripheral nerves. In the lower extremities, MR neurography has been employed in the demonstration of the anatomy and pathology of the CPN, as well as in the detection of associated secondary muscle denervation changes. This article reviews the normal appearance of the CPN as well as typical pathologies and abnormal findings at 3.0-T MR neurography of the lower extremity.

Keywords

Peroneal nerve High-resolution MRI MR neurography 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Avneesh Chhabra
    • 1
  • Neda Faridian-Aragh
    • 1
  • Majid Chalian
    • 1
  • Theodoros Soldatos
    • 1
  • Shrey K. Thawait
    • 1
  • Eric H. Williams
    • 2
    • 3
  • Gustav Andreisek
    • 4
  1. 1.The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological ScienceJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Department of Plastic SurgeryJohns Hopkins HospitalBaltimoreUSA
  3. 3.Dellon Institutes for Peripheral Nerve SurgeryBaltimoreUSA
  4. 4.Institute for Diagnostic Radiology, Department of Medical RadiologyUniversity Hospital ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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