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Professor Volker Straub
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© 2019 Elsevier B.V. Whole-body magnetic resonance imaging has emerged as a useful imaging tool in diagnosing and characterizing the progression of myopathies and muscular dystrophies. Whole-body MRI indications and diagnostic efficacy are becoming better defined with the increasing number of cases, publications and discussions within multidisciplinary working groups. Advanced Whole-body MRI protocols are rapid, lower cost, and well-tolerated by patients. Accurate interpretation of muscle Whole-body MRI requires a detailed knowledge of muscle anatomy and differential pattern of involvement in muscle diseases. With the surge in recently identified novel genetic myopathies, Whole-body MRI will become increasingly useful for phenotypic validation of genetic variants of unknown significance. In addition, Whole-body MRI will be progressively used as a biomarker for disease progression and quantify response to therapy with the emergence of novel disease modifying treatments. This review outlines Whole-body MRI indications and updates refined protocols and provides a comprehensive overview of the diagnostic utility and suggested methodology of Whole-body MRI for pediatric and adult patients with muscle diseases.
Author(s): Chardon JW, Diaz-Manera J, Tasca G, Bonnemann CG, Gomez-Andres D, Heerschap A, Mercuri E, Muntoni F, Pichiecchio A, Ricci E, Walter MC, Hanna M, Jungbluth H, Morrow JM, Torron RF, Udd B, Vissing J, Yousry T, Quijano-Roy S, Straub V, Carlier RY
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Neuromuscular Disorders
Print publication date: 01/11/2019
Online publication date: 16/09/2019
Acceptance date: 21/08/2019
ISSN (print): 0960-8966
ISSN (electronic): 1873-2364
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
PubMed id: 31727541