Magnetic resonance imaging in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Ann Neurol. 1988 Apr;23(4):418-20. doi: 10.1002/ana.410230424.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used in 5 patients with clinically definite amyotrophic lateral sclerosis to determine the frequency of central white matter abnormalities. Two patients had symmetrical areas of increased signal intensity seen on MRI extending from the cortex, through the corona radiata, posterior limb of the internal capsule, and cerebral peduncles into the pons. These MRI abnormalities presumably relate to the pathological changes observed by others in the central white matter of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged