MRI in experimental inflammatory and mitochondrial optic neuropathies

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MRI is a powerful tool for evaluating structural and functional alterations in the optic nerve in experimental animal models of human disease. MRI-histopathological correlations have provided important insights into the pathogenesis of disease. Paramagnetic contrast agents have been used to serially visualize the foci and severity of disruption of the blood-optic nerve barrier and physiological neuronal alterations in living animals. Here I review the experience of our group in optic nerve imaging of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and neurodegeneration induced by genetic manipulation of respiratory chain enzymes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)968-977
Number of pages10
JournalNMR in biomedicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Dec 10 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis
  • Hereditary optic neuropathy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Optic neuritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Spectroscopy
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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