The current issue of the journal, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, contains an excellent review of the state of contemporary structural uses of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). Here is the reference and abstract for this recommended review:
Symms M, Jager HR, Schmierer K, Yousry TA. A review of structural magnetic resonance neuroimaging. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2004 Sep;75(9):1235-44.
Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, Institute of Neurology, London, UK.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is often divided into structural MRI and functional MRI (fMRI). The former is a widely used imaging technique in research as well as in clinical practice. This review describes the more important developments in structural MRI in recent years, including high resolution imaging, T2 relaxation measurement, T2*-weighted imaging, T1 relaxation measurement, magnetisation transfer imaging, and diffusion imaging. The principles underlying these techniques, as well as their use in research and in clinical practice, will be discussed.
PMID: 15314108 [PubMed - in process]