OPTIMAL MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF THE SPINE
Article first published online: 9 MAR 2011
© 2011 Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Special Issue: Magnetic Resonance Neuroimaging
Volume 52, Issue Supplement s1, pages S72–S80, March/April 2011
How to Cite
DENNIS, R. (2011), OPTIMAL MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF THE SPINE. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, 52: S72–S80. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8261.2010.01787.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 9 MAR 2011
- Received June 25, 2010; accepted for publication November 15, 2010.
- intervertebral disc disease;
- magnetic resonance imaging;
- spinal cord
Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging is generally considered to be the best imaging modality for the spine because of its excellent tissue contrast and multiplanar imaging capability; however, good technique is vital in order to avoid nondiagnostic or even misleading images. The possibility of imaging in multiple planes and using many different pulse sequences means that judgment is required in order to gain maximum diagnostic information within a reasonable scanning time. Spinal MR imaging technique for small animals is reviewed with emphasis on technical aspects including patient positioning, selection of pulse sequences, and image planes.