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Magnetic-Resonance Diffusion-Tensor Tractography in the Diagnosis of Tumefactive Spinal-Cord Lesions in Neuromyelitis Optica

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Department of Medical Imaging, Chi Mei Medical Center, Tainan 710, Taiwan
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Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan
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Department of Medical Research, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan
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Center for Big Data Research, Kaohsiung Medical University, Kaohsiung 807, Taiwan
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Department of Neurology, Chi Mei Medical Center, Tainan 710, Taiwan
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Department of Neurology, Taipei Medical University, Taipei 110, Taiwan
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Department of Medical Sciences Industry, Chang Jung Christian University, Tainan 711, Taiwan
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Department of Biomedical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei 112, Taiwan
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Department of Pharmacy, Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Tainan 717, Taiwan
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Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Chang Jung Christian University, Tainan 711, Taiwan
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Diagnostics 2020, 10(6), 401; https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics10060401
Received: 21 May 2020 / Revised: 9 June 2020 / Accepted: 10 June 2020 / Published: 12 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Brain Imaging/Neuroimaging)
Magnetic-resonance (MR) imaging is the modality of choice for the evaluation of spinal-cord lesions. However, challenges persist in discriminating demyelinating processes from neoplastic lesions using conventional MR sequences. Consequently, an invasive spinal-cord biopsy is likely for most patients. MR diffusion-tensor imaging is an emerging noninvasive and powerful method for characterizing changes in tissue microstructure associated with spinal disorders. We currently present the case of a middle-aged woman suffering from neuromyelitis optica, and highlight that MR diffusion-tensor tractography can be helpful in the identification of tumefactive spinal-cord lesions. View Full-Text
Keywords: magnetic-resonance imaging; diffusion-tensor imaging; diffusion-tensor tractography; tumefactive; spinal cord; neuromyelitis optica magnetic-resonance imaging; diffusion-tensor imaging; diffusion-tensor tractography; tumefactive; spinal cord; neuromyelitis optica
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Hsu, Y.; Chou, M.-C.; Yeh, P.-S.; Wu, T.-C.; Ko, C.-C.; Chen, T.-Y. Magnetic-Resonance Diffusion-Tensor Tractography in the Diagnosis of Tumefactive Spinal-Cord Lesions in Neuromyelitis Optica. Diagnostics 2020, 10, 401.

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