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Nerve ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of neuropathy

Goedee, H. Stephana; van der Pol, W. Ludoa; Hendrikse, Jeroenb; van den Berg, Leonard H.a

doi: 10.1097/WCO.0000000000000607

Purpose of review This review summarizes the most relevant developments in the fields of nerve ultrasound and MRI in the diagnosis of treatable inflammatory neuropathies over the last 18 months.

Recent findings MRI and nerve ultrasound can accurately identify potentially treatable neuropathies and thereby help to improve diagnosis. Advanced MRI techniques also show potential to dissect pathophysiology. The apparent mismatch between nerve function and morphology is not surprising and reflects different dimensions of the disease process in neuropathies.

Summary MRI and nerve ultrasound have become useful tools in the diagnosis of inflammatory neuropathies.

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aBrain Center Rudolf Magnus, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery

bDepartment of Radiology, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Correspondence to H. Stephan Goedee, MD, PhD, UMC Utrecht, Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Heidelberglaan 100, 3584 CX Utrecht, The Netherlands. Tel: +31 88 75 588 60; fax: +31 88 75 55494; e-mail:

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