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Abstract #2881

Assessing spinal cord structure changes using diffusion tensor imaging in patients with incomplete traumatic spinal cord injury

Bing Yao1,2, Hannah Ovadia1, Zhiguo Jiang1, Sarah Wood1, Gail Forrest3, and Steven Kirshblum4

1Rocco Ortenzio Neuroimaging Center, Kessler Foundation, West Orange, NJ, United States, 2Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, United States, 3Human Performance Engineering Research, Kessler Foundation, West Orange, NJ, United States, 4Kessler Institute for Rehablitation, West Orange, NJ, United States

Physicians rely on self-reports to monitor and evaluate the functional outcome in patients with spinal cord injury during their rehabilitation. These clinical and outcome measurements can be subjective and sometimes impractical if patients have cognitive difficulty. Traditional clinical MRI scans can provide doctors more objective information but they are not sensitive to detect the progression or repair during patient’s recovery. In this study, we investigated the sensitivity of DTI technique in detecting SCI injury and its progression or recovery over the course of rehabilitation in the individuals with SCI.

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