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New approaches to magnetic resonance imaging of intervertebral discs, tendons, ligaments, and menisci.
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PMID:  12065972     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This review article discusses new magnetic resonance techniques for imaging collagen containing structures such as intervertebral discs, tendons, and ligaments. The semisolid collagen in tendons and ligaments is not normally demonstrable with magnetic resonance imaging but may be visualized with magic angle imaging and other techniques. This allows these structures to be studied with methods used for other tissues and organs. The ordered nature of collagen provides a directional signature for the tissues that may be of diagnostic value. Solute transport in these avascular or partially avascular structures can be observed with gadolinium chelates. The time scale of this process is much slower than for other tissues of the body. Solid state imaging techniques applied in applied in material sciences may provide other new approaches to diagnosis of disease in these structures.
Graeme M Bydder
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Spine     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1528-1159     ISO Abbreviation:  Spine     Publication Date:  2002 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-14     Completed Date:  2002-07-30     Revised Date:  2009-07-09    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7610646     Medline TA:  Spine (Phila Pa 1976)     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1264-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Robert Steiner Magnetic Resonance Unit, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, Imaging Sciences Department, Imperial College Faculty of Medicine, Hammersmith Hospital, London, United Kingdom.
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MeSH Terms
Biological Transport
Collagen / metabolism
Intervertebral Disk / metabolism
Longitudinal Ligaments / metabolism
Lumbar Vertebrae / metabolism
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
Menisci, Tibial / metabolism
Musculoskeletal System / metabolism*
Tendons / metabolism
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