MR line-scan diffusion imaging of the spinal cord in children

AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2000 Aug;21(7):1344-8.


Diffusion imaging has been widely used in the brain, but its application in the spinal cord has been limited. Using line-scan diffusion imaging (LSDI), a technique that is less sensitive to magnetic susceptibility and motion artifacts than are other diffusion techniques, we have successfully imaged the spinal cord in children. The apparent diffusion coefficient and relative diffusion anisotropy of the normal spinal cord were measured. LSDI was compared with echo-planar diffusion imaging of the spine in three patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Cervical Vertebrae / anatomy & histology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Diffusion
  • Echo-Planar Imaging
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement*
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Infant
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / anatomy & histology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Spinal Cord / anatomy & histology*