Interventional MR imaging with an endospinal imaging coil: Preliminary results with anatomic imaging of the canine and cadaver spinal cord

George Rappard, Gregory J. Metzger, Paul T. Weatherall, Phillip D. Purdy

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Percutaneous intraspinal navigation (PIN) is a new minimally invasive approach to the subarachnoid space. Using conventional radiographic fluoroscopy, entrance is gained to the lumbar subarachnoid space, allowing navigation throughout the spinal canal. Using an antenna/guidewire introduced via PIN, we performed endospinal MR imaging of the thoracic spinal cord in a cadaver and canine subject. Comparison images were obtained with an optimal surface coil. PIN allows endospinal MR imaging of the spinal cord, providing significant signal-to-noise ratio gains over conventional imaging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)835-839
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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