What is it about?

This article starts with a broad description of peripheral nervous system and neuropathies, and reviews current literature of MRI techniques in imaging peripheral nerves. It closes with some recommendations of imaging peripheral nerves.

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Why is it important?

Muscular fat accumulation is commonly seen in peripheral neuropathies. However, the intramuscular fat accumulation is the end pathology resulted from diseased peripheral nerves. It is unlikely to be reverted with treatment. Thus, direct assessment on the diseased nerve is very important for disease detection and tracking progression.


It was a great pleasure to work with Dr. Li and Dr. Haacke on this article. Dr. Li is a distinguished investigator in the field of peripheral nerve diseases, human genetics, and myelin biology. Dr. Haacke is an internationally renowned MRI investigator who has innovated numerous MRI methods throughout his career. Both of them contributed their insights in this topic.

Yongsheng Chen
Wayne State University

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This page is a summary of: Peripheral nerve magnetic resonance imaging, F1000Research, October 2019, Faculty of 1000, Ltd., DOI: 10.12688/f1000research.19695.1.
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