Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and Early Diagnosis of Brain Pathology

  • W. L. Curati
  • R. E. Steiner
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Applied Neurological Sciences book series (NEUROLOGICAL, volume 2)


For a variety of reasons, the initial efforts of many medical centres to put nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to clinical use have focussed on the brain:
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    A high level of grey-white matter contrast can be obtained with NMR, providing anatomical detail on a scale not available with other techniques.

  2. 2.

    Coronal and sagittal imaging are particularly useful in depicting areas of the brain.

  3. 3.

    The absence of bone artifacts is a major advantage over x-ray computerized tomography (CT).

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    Flow effects are well demonstrated using appropriate sequences.

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    NMR is sensitive to a variety of pathological changes within the brain.



Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Inversion Recovery Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Signal Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging White Matter Disease 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • W. L. Curati
  • R. E. Steiner
    • 1
  1. 1.NMR Unit, Royal Postgraduate Medical SchoolHammersmith HospitalLondonUK

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