Diseases of the Spinal Cord

Novel Imaging, Diagnosis and Treatment

  • Elke Hattingen
  • Stefan Weidauer
  • Matthias Setzer
  • Johannes C. Klein
  • Frank Vrionis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Friedhelm E. Zanella, Helmuth Steinmetz, Volker Seifert
    Pages 1-2
  3. Anatomy of the Spine and Spinal Cord

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 3-3
    2. Se-Jong You, Elke Hattingen
      Pages 5-28
    3. Se-Jong You, Elke Hattingen
      Pages 29-35
  4. Imaging Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Thomas W. Okell, Elke Hattingen, Johannes C. Klein, Karla L. Miller
      Pages 39-84
    3. Thomas W. Okell, Elke Hattingen, Johannes C. Klein, Karla L. Miller
      Pages 85-91
    4. Andreas Gottschalk
      Pages 93-99
    5. Elke Hattingen, Jürgen Beck
      Pages 101-105
    6. Elke Hattingen, Stefan Weidauer
      Pages 107-113
  5. Malformations of the Spine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 115-115
    2. Luciana Porto
      Pages 117-156
  6. Diseases of Extramedullary Origin

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 157-157
    2. Stefan Weidauer, Michael Nichtweiß, Werner Wichmann, Elke Hattingen
      Pages 159-200
    3. Matthias Setzer
      Pages 243-270
    4. Marlies Wagner, Johannes C. Klein
      Pages 271-299
  7. Diseases of the Spinal Cord

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Michael Nichtweiß
      Pages 303-314
    3. Michael Nichtweiß, Elke Hattingen, Stefan Weidauer
      Pages 315-367
    4. Michael Nichtweiß, Elke Hattingen, Stefan Weidauer
      Pages 369-387
    5. Johannes C. Klein
      Pages 389-394
    6. Kamran Aghayev, Frank Vrionis
      Pages 395-409
    7. Stefan Weidauer, Michael Nichtweiß, Joachim Berkefeld
      Pages 435-452
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 453-463

About this book


Spinal cord imaging has significantly benefited from new MR imaging methods such as cardiac-gated diffusion-weighted imaging, diffusion tensor imaging with fiber tracking, and time-resolved MR angiography. Recent decades have also witnessed fundamental progress in understanding of the pathophysiology of vascular, metabolic, and inflammatory spinal cord diseases. Furthermore, neurosurgical procedures and endovascular treatments of spinal cord diseases have been improved and perfected to avoid severe neurological sequelae.


This textbook provides an interdisciplinary overview of the new imaging modalities, identifies clues for MR imaging diagnosis and differential diagnosis, and describes the anatomical background required to understand spinal cord diseases. Important neurological symptoms are highlighted, and modern treatment options for different diseases are fully explained and discussed. High-quality illustrations, including numerous images, are provided for all important spinal cord diseases, documenting relevant anatomical details, special MR imaging methods, differential diagnoses, and possible treatment procedures.


MR imaging differential diagnosis modern treatment options neurological symptoms vascular, metabolic and inflammatory diseases

Editors and affiliations

  • Elke Hattingen
    • 1
  • Stefan Weidauer
    • 2
  • Matthias Setzer
    • 3
  • Johannes C. Klein
    • 4
  • Frank Vrionis
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute for NeuroradiologyGoethe-UniversityFrankfurtGermany
  2. 2.Department of NeurologySankt Katharinen HospitalFrankfurtGermany
  3. 3.Department of NeurosurgeryGoethe-UniversityFrankfurtGermany
  4. 4.Brain Imaging Center (BIC), Department of NeurologyGoethe-UniversityFrankfurtGermany
  5. 5.H. Lee Moffitt Cancer CenterUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-54208-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-54209-1
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