Localization of the subthalamic nucleus: optimization with susceptibility-weighted phase MR imaging.

@article{Vertinsky2009LocalizationOT,
  title={Localization of the subthalamic nucleus: optimization with susceptibility-weighted phase MR imaging.},
  author={Alexandra Talia Vertinsky and Volker Arnd Coenen and Donna J Lang and Shannon H. Kolind and C R Honey and Dan-Dan Li and Alexander Rauscher},
  journal={AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={30 9},
  pages={1717-24}
}
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE On clinical MR images, the subthalamic nuclei (STN) are poorly delineated from adjacent structures, impeding safe direct targeting for placement of electrodes in the treatment of Parkinson disease. Susceptibility-weighted MR phase imaging offers improved contrast and spatial resolution at reduced imaging times relative to clinically used T2-weighted spin-echo imaging for STN visualization. Our purpose was to assess STN visibility by using phase imaging, comparing phase… CONTINUE READING

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