Magnetic resonance neurography

Lancet. 1993 Mar 13;341(8846):659-61. doi: 10.1016/0140-6736(93)90422-d.


Radiological methods exist for generating tissue-specific images of bone, vessels, lymphatics, abdominal viscera, and the central nervous system, but there has been no reliable means to generate a clinical image of a nerve. We present the first "image neurogram" and report a method for producing such images by use of commercial magnetic resonance imaging systems. The image depicts a human nerve in situ in relation with a nerve graft, wherein the nerve is rendered in isolation much like a vessel appears in isolation in a subtraction angiogram.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Male
  • Sural Nerve / pathology
  • Sural Nerve / transplantation
  • Tibial Nerve / injuries
  • Tibial Nerve / pathology*