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Abstract #1251

Prospective Study on Radiculopathy: Incremental Value of MR Neurography over Non-contributory Spine MRI

Avneesh Chhabra 1,2 , Sahar Farahani 2 , Gaurav Thawait 2 , John A Carrino 2 , and Allan Belzberg 3

1 Radiology, UTSW, Dallas, Texas, United States, 2 Radiology, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 3 Plastic surgery, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, Ma, United States

MRI of lumbar spine is the current non-invasive imaging study of choice for bone and soft tissue evaluation. For suspected radiculopathy, therefore, it is reasonable to start with conventional MRI. However, MRI findings can be frequently non-contributary despite unilateral radiculopathy symptoms clinically, either due to not being able to reveal the problem or showing disc herniations at multiple levels. High resolution MR Neurography along with diffusion tensor imaging sequences can provide additional information in patients with radiculopathy. This prospective pilot study shows how more advanced pulse sequences could add new or different information compared to conventional MRI and explain the symptoms of radiculopathy.

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