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Multimodal magnetic resonance imaging of the central nervous system

Biochimie. 2003 Sep;85(9):905-14
Galanaud D, Nicoli F, Le Fur Y, Guye M, Ranjeva JP, Confort-Gouny S, Viout P, Soulier E, Cozzone PJ.
Centre de Resonance Magnetique Biologique et Medicale (CRMBM), UMR CNRS 6612, Faculte de Medecine, Universite de la Mediterranee, 27, boulevard Jean-Moulin, 13005, Marseille, France

The physiological and biochemical properties of the diseased brain that can be explored with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are increasing.

Progress in MR-based technology affords a large panel of MRI sequences that explore different phenomena and, thus, provide complementary informations.

The diagnostic accuracy of MRI is improved by the combination of all MR modalities.

However, this abundance of data requires an efficient multiparametric analysis to fully achieve the goal of the multimodal strategy.

We will discuss the potential impact of this advanced MRI analysis in the clinical management and the therapeutical strategies of the most common brain pathologies (intracranial tumors, multiple sclerosis, stroke, epilepsy and dementia).

This non-invasive approach is of utmost importance since it already improves the diagnosis and the therapeutic choice in the management of several central nervous system diseases.