ICORD PhD student Kevin Liu has created an MRI-based in vivo normative atlas of myelin content in the spinal cord. This large collection of spinal cord MRIs from healthy living people can be used as a reference for researchers investigating demyelination and inflammation, where data from individual patients can be compared to normal values in the atlas to help identify areas of damage.
This is an important step toward the ultimate goal of implementing quantitative MRI in the clinic. And the best part is that the atlas is available for anyone in the world to use! Kevin, who is studying with ICORD PIs Drs. Corree Laule and John Kramer, has just published a paper in the Journal of Neuroimaging about the atlas.