Background: Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based methodology widely used for the evaluation of microstructural integrity of the central nervous system (CNS), particularly of brain white matter fibers and bundles. Methods: The most common parameters evaluated in a DTI study are the fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD). Combining FA and MD analyses is commonly used in the evaluation of various types of brain pathologies, such as brain tumors, where a combined analysis allows an accurate tumor characterization. Results: Recent studies have shown that FA and MD could be of value in non-oncologic spinal pathology. In this regard, it has been demonstrated that DTI can provide new insights into the diagnosis and prognosis of cervical spondylotic myelopathy and cervical spinal cord injury. Conclusions: Further studies are needed to assess the role of DTI in such a new clinical scenario. © 2016 Surgical Neurology International.

Landi, A., Innocenzi, G., Grasso, G., Meschini, A., Fabbiano, F., Castri, P., et al. (2016). Diagnostic potential of the diffusion tensor tractography with fractional anisotropy in the diagnosis and treatment of cervical spondylotic and posttraumatic myelopathy. SURGICAL NEUROLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 7, S705-S707 [10.4103/2152-7806.191082].

Diagnostic potential of the diffusion tensor tractography with fractional anisotropy in the diagnosis and treatment of cervical spondylotic and posttraumatic myelopathy

Grasso, G.
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2016-01-01

Abstract

Background: Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-based methodology widely used for the evaluation of microstructural integrity of the central nervous system (CNS), particularly of brain white matter fibers and bundles. Methods: The most common parameters evaluated in a DTI study are the fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD). Combining FA and MD analyses is commonly used in the evaluation of various types of brain pathologies, such as brain tumors, where a combined analysis allows an accurate tumor characterization. Results: Recent studies have shown that FA and MD could be of value in non-oncologic spinal pathology. In this regard, it has been demonstrated that DTI can provide new insights into the diagnosis and prognosis of cervical spondylotic myelopathy and cervical spinal cord injury. Conclusions: Further studies are needed to assess the role of DTI in such a new clinical scenario. © 2016 Surgical Neurology International.
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Landi, A., Innocenzi, G., Grasso, G., Meschini, A., Fabbiano, F., Castri, P., et al. (2016). Diagnostic potential of the diffusion tensor tractography with fractional anisotropy in the diagnosis and treatment of cervical spondylotic and posttraumatic myelopathy. SURGICAL NEUROLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 7, S705-S707 [10.4103/2152-7806.191082].
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