Spinal cord injury disrupts the signaling pathway along the spinal cord, but this activity is heard to measure with current MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) practices due to their low signal and MRI sensitivity, or lack thereof rather. A new study at Vanderbilt, however, may help identify the bio-marker at the injury site and give clues to which treatments may be more successful, like electrical stimulation.

Current clinical MRI’s magnet function at 1.5-3 Tesla, just fine for looking at a torn meniscus, but the team is utilizing a magnet that functions at 9.4 Tesla to view much finer details like spinal cord activity. Fun fact of the day….. One Tesla is roughly the equivalent of 20,000 times the strength of the magnetic field of the earth. Click below to learn more on this new imaging technology and its future applications!


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