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Direct visualization of nerves can influence surgery decisions

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Tanji, Hajime Northern Fukushima Medical Center • Japan
Yabuki, Shoji, MD, DMSc Fukushima Medical University School of Medecine • Japan


Excellent MRI visualization of nerves informs confident diagnoses and surgical treatment decisions for patients with lower limb symptoms at Northern Fukushima Medical Center in Japan. Particularly when diagnosing atypical herniations, the 3D NerveVIEW method adds information.


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Direct visualization of nerves can influence surgery decisions

Excellent visualization of nerves in lumbar spine

The center mainly uses this method for excellent depiction of the course of nerves when there is suspicion of intraforaminal stenosis, extraforaminal stenosis or lateral disc herniation, which is often based on routine T2- and T1-weighted MRI images.

A useful addition from surgeon’s perspective

X-ray radiculography can depict nerves as far as the contrast agent reaches, which often not allows evaluating the full nerve compression. The NerveVIEW method for MR neurography opens up many possibilities to facilitate the diagnosis of lower extremity pain and to inform our decision-making regarding therapy and surgery.”
 3D NerveVIEW image of L5 radiculopathy<br><br> 3D NerveVIEW of L5 radiculopathy<br><br>
3D NerveVIEW image of L5 radiculopathy

3D NerveVIEW of L5 radiculopathy

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dStream, Lumbar spine, MR neurography, Nerve, nerve root, NerveVIEW, Neuro, radiculopathy, Spine

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