NOW:53208:USA01012
http://widgets.journalinteractive.com/cache/JIResponseCacher.ashx?duration=5&url=http%3A%2F%2Fdata.wp.myweather.net%2FeWxII%2F%3Fdata%3D*USA01012
81°
H 81° L 55°
Cloudy | 7MPH

Imaging Technique for Spinal Cord Injury Shows Promise

Dec. 22, 2013

An alternative imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) shows promise in forecasting, evaluating and monitoring patients with spinal cord injury and disease. The technique uses magnetic resonance—MRI—to measure the magnitude and direction of diffusion of water molecules in the tissue.

Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) have been working to refine this technique, which has been used in brain imaging, for spinal cord imaging to evaluate injury, to prognosticate disease, and monitor patients who have spinal cord disease. A review of that work is published in Neurosurgery http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24064483 (full text available upon request). Shekar Kurpad, MD, PhD, associate professor of neurosurgery at MCW, is the corresponding author.

The researchers found that DTI provides good contrast between gray and white regions, and is sensitive to degenerative changes in the spinal cord that are not provided by a conventional MRI scan. In traumatic spinal cord injury, cervical spondolytic myelopathy, and spinal cord tumors, DTI shows great promise.

“DTI provides unique insight into the pathophysiology and microstructural alterations associated with spinal cord disorders. There are still some limitations, but we are making advances with this technique that establish DTI as a promising biomarker for spinal cord disorders,” said Dr. Kurpad.

One of the challenges has been the existence of artifacts, particularly after spinal cord surgery in which instruments have been implanted. The researchers, led by Dr. Kurpad and Dr. Schmit have tackled this challenge by coming up with a unique solution: Using DTI to image a remote part of the spinal cord away from the injury. Drs. Kurpad and Schmit’s group was the first to suggest remote DTI imaging as a feasible technique for imaging spinal cord injury and cervical spondylotic myelopathy; this has since been validated by another group in Europe. Additionally, the authors found standardized software to process tensor images is essential to make DTI a feasible option for routine clinical use.

Other authors of the paper are Aditya Vedantam, MD; Marjorie Wang, MD, MPH; and John Ulmer, MD; the Medical College of Wisconsin; Michael Jirjis, BS; and Brian Schmit, PhD; Marquette University.

This site uses Facebook comments to make it easier for you to contribute. If you see a comment you would like to flag for spam or abuse, click the "x" in the upper right of it. By posting, you agree to our Terms of Use.

Suburban News Roundup

E-mail Newsletter

Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.


Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter
Get the Newsletter!

Login or Register to manage all your newsletter preferences.

Community Watch

» Leff's Lucky Town in Wauwatosa considers kitchen expansion 7/2

» Walker plans to file for president today 7/2

» Driver ejected from car after hitting tree in Wauwatosa 7/1

» Monarch habitat on the mend in Wauwatosa 7/1

» Wauwatosa Police Report: June 21-27 7/1

» Wauwatosa detective home from hospital after shooting 7/1

» Thai-namite plans new location in Wauwatosa's former City Market building Updated:  6/30

» Sports Notes: July 2, 2015 6/30

» Wauwatosa police say woman was dragged across parking lot in purse robbery 6/30

» Thirsty Duck brings duckpin bowling to Wauwatosa Updated:  6/30

» Kate Spade New York store to open at Mayfair Mall 6/29

» Suspect charged in shooting of Wauwatosa police officer Updated:  6/25

» Police identify Wauwatosa detective shot, injured in Milwaukee 6/23

» Tosa West student attended journalism conference in D.C. 6/23

» Wauwatosa school board approves 8 percent levy hike under preliminary budget 6/23

» Suspect in Tosa detective shooting charged in earlier armed robbery 6/22

» 2015 4th of July events in suburban Milwaukee 6/22

» Tip leads police to suspect in shooting of Wauwatosa detective Updated:  6/20

» Suspect in shooting of Tosa detective eludes police Updated:  6/19

» Benji's Deli plans to open next to Camp Bar in Wauwatosa 6/19

» Indulgence Chocolatiers now open in Wauwatosa 6/19

» Wauwatosa police detective shot in Milwaukee 6/19

» Venturis roll out old menu with new spin at Tosa Bowl and Bun 6/16

» In 'one last try' to preserve Wauwatosa's Eschweiler buildings, Mandel seeks proposals 6/15

» Three Tosa schools recognized for positive behavioral implementations 6/15

View All Posts Got a tip? Welcome rss

Advertisement

Advertisement

Hidden Tosa

 

"Hidden Tosa" is a semi-regular feature where reporter Rory Linnane explores the closed down and closed off parts of Wauwatosa.

2015 Writing Contest

 

(Click image for details)

Advertisement

Local Business Directory

CONNECT