Ex vivo diffusion tensor imaging and quantitative tractography of the rat spinal cord during long-term recovery from moderate spinal contusion.

@article{Ellingson2008ExVD,
  title={Ex vivo diffusion tensor imaging and quantitative tractography of the rat spinal cord during long-term recovery from moderate spinal contusion.},
  author={Benjamin M. Ellingson and Shekar Kurpad and Brian D. Schmit},
  journal={Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI},
  year={2008},
  volume={28 5},
  pages={1068-79}
}
PURPOSE To characterize DTI metric changes throughout the length of the entire spinal cord from the acute through chronic stages of spinal cord injury (SCI). MATERIALS AND METHODS Ex vivo DTI was performed at 9.4 Tesla to examine changes in water diffusion throughout the entire spinal cord (7-cm) up to 25 weeks after injury in a rat model of contusive SCI. Animals were grouped according to recovery times after injury (2, 5, 15, 20, or 25 weeks), and various DTI metrics were evaluated… CONTINUE READING

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