Three patients were studied with a 0.3 T superconducting magnet to assess the role of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in the recognition and evaluation of diastematomyelia and associated abnormalities. Comparison was made with other imaging techniques, including metrizamide computed tomographic (CT) myelography. With MR imaging, the divided spinal cord was well imaged in its entire craniocaudal extent, comparable to CT myelography. The bony septum, when it contained a marrow cavity, was also seen well. In two patients, dural ectasia and low position of the spinal cord with and without associated lipoma were clearly imaged. MR imaging demonstrated associated syringohydromyelia in one patient that was not detected by other radiologic studies. This preliminary experience with MR imaging of diastematomyelia suggests that once the bony details of the abnormality are defined, MR imaging can delineate the presence and extent of the divided spinal cord as well as its associated abnormalities adequately, obviating other studies.
|Number of pages
|American Journal of Neuroradiology
|Published - Mar 1985
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Radiological and Ultrasound Technology