Non-invasive MRI quantification of cerebrospinal fluid dynamics in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients

ConclusionWhile our sample size limits statistical confidence about the differences observed in this study, it was possible to measure and quantify inter-individual and cohort variability in a non-invasive manner. Our study also shows the potential for MRI based measurements of CSF geometry and flow to provide information about   the hydrodynamic environment of the spinal subarachnoid space. These dynamics may be studied further to understand the behavior of CSF solute transport in healthy and diseased states.
Source: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS - Category: Neuroscience Source Type: research

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