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Abstract #3355

Pain and the NeuroMatrix in the Brain: Feasibility and Safety Study of 3T DWI in a Chronic Low Back Pain Patient Treated with Spinal Cord Stimulation

Isaiah Ailes1, KiChang Kang1, Anish Sathe1, Jingya Miao1, Leonard A. Frizon2, Laura Krisa1, Kristen Fleming1, Peter Natale1, Kiran Talekar1, Devon Middleton1, Feroze Mohamed1, Ashwini Sharan1, and Mahdi Alizadeh1
1Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 2Faculdades Pequeno Príncipe, Curitiba, Brazil


Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in patients with failed back surgery syndrome aims to reduce neuropathic pain. However, minimal studies show a safe procedure using 3T diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) MRI for patients with SCS. Additionally, more studies looking at the neurological SCS treatment responses can lead to better optimization of SCS. It was our objective to safely develop a systematic procedure for 3T DWI MRI while also generating a map of the neural network connectivity in structures associated with pain. Long term application of this protocol aims to provide an objective assessment to SCS treatment.

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