Improving cerebral cortical magnetic resonance imaging using a readily available surface coil.

Abstract

Subtle structural deformities of the cerebral cortex have been shown to be the cause of seizures in patients with refractory epilepsy. Brain imaging using high-resolution focused protocols with standard head coils may not provide sufficient image quality needed for evaluating subtle cortical abnormalities. The authors describe the use of a readily available shoulder coil placed over a specific area of the brain that has been clinically determined to enhance the signal to noise and resolution of the cortical surface. Delineating the cortical surface using a shoulder coil can help to detect subtle areas of cortical thickening, blurring of the gray-white matter junction, or focally abnormal gyral and sulcal patterns.

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@article{GomezHassan2004ImprovingCC, title={Improving cerebral cortical magnetic resonance imaging using a readily available surface coil.}, author={D M Gomez-Hassan and Cathy Blaesing and Steven Shattock and Thomas L. Chenevert}, journal={Journal of neuroimaging : official journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging}, year={2004}, volume={14 3}, pages={231-4} }