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Dynamic imaging of the spine with an open upright MRI: present results and future perspectives of fmri

  • Jean Pierre J. ElsigEmail author
  • Denis L. Kaech
Original Article

Abstract

This review illustrates the potential of a new Upright MRI to reveal “occult” dynamic lesions within the spinal canal and the neural foramina, i.e., pathologic changes that were under-estimated or not seen using recumbent-only imaging. “fmri” stands for functional MR imaging, mainly of the degenerative and postoperative spine, although it may also detect post-traumatic instabilities and malformations.

Keywords

Functional MRI Spine Imaging Upright MRI MRI fmri 

Imagerie dynamique du rachis par IRM ouverte: résultats actuels et perspectives futures de la fmri

Résumé

Ce travail démontre le potentiel diagnostic d’une nouvelle IRM ouverte en charge dans le diagnostic de lésions dynamiques «occultes» du canal rachidien et des trous de conjugaisons: Des pathologies sous-estimées ou non visibles lors d’examens effectués uniquement en position couchée. «fmri» est l’abréviation pour l’IRM fonctionnelle avant tout du rachis dégénératif et postopératoire, tout en soulignant que des lésions traumatiques et malformatives peuvent aussi être mises en évidence.

Mots clés

IRM fonctionnelle Rachis Imagerie IRM dynamique IRM fmri 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.fmri ZentrumZürichSwitzerland
  2. 2.NeurosurgeryKantonsspitalChurSwitzerland

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