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MRI Characteristics of Intramedulary Spinal Cord Tumors 2006

General Spine

Andrew A. Akerman, MD, Non ASSR Member
Evelyn ML Sklar, MD, Non ASSR Member
Rita G Bhatia, MD, Non ASSR Member
Jared R Green, BS, Non ASSR Member

Scientific Poster

Purpose

Intramedullary spinal cord neoplasms are rare. However, Despite their rarity, these lesions are important to the radiologist because MRI can help narrow down the differential diagnosis and aide in surgical planning.

Methods & Materials

A group of patients with pathologically-proven intramedulary spinal cord neoplasms were studied at our institution with MRI. Imaging characteristics pertaining to each neoplasm is shown and briefly discussed.

Conclusion

The advances of MRI have allowed for improved imaging of the spinal cord. This allows for better imaging, characterization and localization of intramedullary neoplasms. Narrowing the differential diagnosis with MRI is intrumental in surgical planning.