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February 16, 2000

Indications for Emergent MRI of the Central Nervous System

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Neuroradiology, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor.

JAMA. 2000;283(7):853-855. doi:10.1001/jama.283.7.853

Magnetic resonance (MR) is the imaging modality of choice for the evaluation of most suspected central nervous system (CNS) pathology. It is less clear, however, when MR imaging (MRI) should be performed on an emergent basis. The timing of emergent MRI has significant implications with respect to patient care, equipment availability, necessary hardware and software, and staffing considerations. Therefore, it is important to identify those clinical situations for which emergent MRI evaluation is required.

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