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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 24  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 210-216
Role of MR spectroscopy in musculoskeletal imaging


Department of Radiology, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1800 Orleans Street, Baltimore, MD, Maryland, USA

Correspondence Address:
Laura Fayad
Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, JHOC 5255, 601 North Caroline Street, Baltimore, MD 21287, Maryland
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.137024

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Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is an imaging approach that allows for the noninvasive molecular characterization of a region of interest. By detecting signals of water, lipids, and other metabolites, MRS can provide metabolic information for lesion characterization and assessment of treatment response. Although MRS has been routinely used in the brain, clinical applications within the musculoskeletal system have only more recently emerged. The aim of this article is to review the technical considerations for performing MRS in the musculoskeletal system, focusing on proton MRS, and to discuss its potential roles in musculoskeletal tumor imaging and the assessment of muscle physiology and disease.


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