Although the phenomenon of nuclear magnetic resonance was first reported in the 1940s (Bloch et al. 1946; Purcell et al. 1946), its potential for clinical imaging was not recognised for a further quarter of a century (Lauterbur 1973). At about the same time, Damadian (1971) observed that cancerous tissues examined in vitro have different magnetic resonance characteristics from those of normal tissues. It is only in the past few years, however, that magnetic resonance imagers capable of giving good quality images of the whole body have been developed. Assessment of the usefulness of this new technology is, therefore, still at a relatively early stage (Franken et al. 1986; Kent and Larson 1988), particularly when compared with other imaging techniques such as plain radiography and radionuclide bone scanning.
KeywordsBone Metastasis Spinal Cord Compression Magnetic Resonance Imaging Examination Spinal Metastasis Normal Bone Marrow
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