High-field imaging of neurodegenerative diseases

Neuroimaging Clin N Am. 2012 May;22(2):159-71, ix. doi: 10.1016/j.nic.2012.02.005. Epub 2012 Mar 31.

Abstract

High-field magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is showing potential for imaging of neurodegenerative diseases. 7 T MR imaging is beginning to be used in a clinical research setting and the theoretical benefits of higher signal-to-noise ratio, sensitivity to iron, improved MR angiography, and increased spectral resolution in spectroscopy are being confirmed. Despite the limited number of studies to date, initial results in patients with multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer disease, and Huntington disease show promising additional features in contrast that may help the diagnosis of these disorders.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases / pathology*