Differential diagnosis of T2 hyperintense spinal cord lesions: Part A

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Abstract

SUMMARY

Hyperintense spinal cord signal on T2-weighted images is seen in a wide-ranging variety of spinal cord processes including; simple MR artefacts, congenital anomalies and most disease categories. Characterization of the abnormal areas of T2 signal as well as their appearance on other MR imaging sequences, when combined with clinical context and laboratory investigations, will often allow a unique diagnosis, or at least aid in narrowing the differential diagnosis. A wide range of instructive cases is discussed here with review of the published reports focusing on pertinent MR features to aid in diagnosis.

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