[Study of diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging in Wilson's disease]

Rinsho Shinkeigaku. 1993 Oct;33(10):1086-9.
[Article in Japanese]

Abstract

We analyzed diffusion weighted magnetic resonance images (diffusion MRI) of the basal ganglia, which were obtained from four patients with Wilson's disease, and compared them with the images from ten age-matched normal individuals. In all patients, T2-MRI of the basal ganglia disclosed low or iso-signals, but diffusion MRI revealed abnormal high signals in some areas of the basal ganglia in each case. Pathological changes except for copper and/or iron deposits are difficult to estimate by T2-MRI because the low signal on T2-MRI emphatically reflects the deposits, while the abnormal high signal on diffusion MRI is thought to reflect parenchymal lesions such as cell loss, demyelination and/or increase of the extracellular fluid. From our results, we confirmed that diffusion MRI was very useful for estimating parenchymal lesions with metal deposits.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Basal Ganglia / pathology*
  • Female
  • Hepatolenticular Degeneration / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Male