They have found that they can identify damage well above the level of compression, and the imaging characteristics relate to patient disability.
This is very early work and the implications for patients in clinical practice remains unclear, but for the first time it is likely researchers will be able to image the cord and to assess treatment responses. This will likely facilitate treatment advances.
Reference: Voxel-based analysis of grey and white matter degeneration in cervical spondylotic myelopathy Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 24636 (2016) [doi:10.1038/srep24636]
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