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Abstract #4239

Susceptibility Weighted Imaging: A New Tool in Detecting Hemorrhage in Spinal Cord Injury

Meiyun Wang1, Yongming Dai2, Qing Lin, Yanhong Han, Man Wang, E Mark Haacke3, Zhen Wu, Dapeng Shi

1Department of Radiology, Henan Provincial People's Hospital, Zhengzhou, Henan, China; 2MRI, Siemens Healthcare, Shanghai; 3Biomedical Engineering, McMaster University

We aimed to evaluate the role of SWI in detecting hemorrhage in spinal cord injury (SCI). Eighteen patients with a history of acute cervical spine trauma and 20 volunteers were enrolled in this study. SWI showed hemorrhage in 4 patients, which was not demonstrated on conventional MRI; 4 of 18 had intramedullary hemorrhage, which was proved by SWI and neurosugery. So we conclude SWI is an invaluable tool for visualizing hemorrhage in SCI compared to conventional MRI methods.