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Myelography and the 20th Century Localization of Spinal Cord Lesions

Authors
  • Lutters, Bart
  • Groen, Rob J.M.
  • Koehler, Peter J.
Type
Published Article
Journal
European Neurology
Publisher
S. Karger AG
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2020
Volume
83
Issue
4
Pages
447–452
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1159/000509863
PMID: 32871581
Source
Karger
Keywords
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Green
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Abstract

In this article, we commemorate the centenary of myelography, a neuroradiological procedure that, despite certain disadvantages, significantly contributed to the diagnosis and localization of spinal cord lesions during the 20th century. From the start, the use of myelography was characterized by different views regarding the potential dangers associated with the prolonged exposure of a “foreign body” to the central nervous system. Such differences in attitude resulted in divergent myelography practices; its precise indications, technical performance, and adopted contrast material remaining subject to variability until the procedure were eventually replaced by MRI at the close of the 20th century.

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