Magnetic resonance spectroscopy and its clinical applications in multiple sclerosis

Hirohisa Watanabe, Hiroshi Fukatsu, Takashi Ito, Masahiro Iijima, Naoki Mabuchi, Gen Sobue

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Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy(1H-MRS), which provides biochemical information in not only visible lesions on conventional MR imaging but also normal appearing white matter(NAWM), has extended the genesis of multiple sclerosis(MS) in several important directions. First, serial 1H-MRS studies reveal dynamic regional biochemical alterations in plaques during the course of the illness. Second, axonal damage may occur at early stage. Third, neuronal loss can be substantial in the gray matter. Fourth, NAWM shows widespread biochemical involvement prior to detection on MRI. Fifth, severities of neuroaxonal involvement significantly correlate with neurological dysfunction. 1H-MRS will provide more detailed information than conventional MRI, and could be beneficial in monitoring effects of therapeutic interventions in MS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1435-1441
Number of pages7
JournalNippon rinsho. Japanese journal of clinical medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 08-2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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