Accuracy of MRI in diagnosing peripheral nerve disease: a systematic review of the literature

Robert M. Kwee, Avneesh Chhabra, Kenneth C. Wang, David R. Marker, John A. Carrino

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OBJECTIVE. MRI is increasingly being used to evaluate extracranial peripheral nerve disease in clinical practice. The objective of this study was to systematically review the accuracy of MRI in distinguishing normal from abnormal extracranial peripheral nerves. CONCLUSION. There is significant heterogeneity between studies investigating the accuracy of MRI. Studies have shown that nerve T2-weighted or STIR hyperintensity, nerve enlargement, and nerve flattening are associated with peripheral nerve disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1303-1309
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014



  • MRI
  • Peripheral nerve disease
  • Sensitivity
  • Specificity
  • Systematic review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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