The choice and use of certain imaging modalities in the diagnostic workup of patients with inherited or acquired myopathies has changed during the past decades. Whereas computed tomography (CT) was introduced and used during the early 1980s for this purpose, during the past two decades magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has become increasingly available and has been used in the diagnostic process and monitoring of neuromuscular disorders. This has led to almost complete replacement of CT by MRI in this field. CT is still valuable, however, for studying certain disease entities such as neoplasms and under specific conditions (e.g., diseases for which MRI is contraindicated, a claustrophobic patient).


Compute Tomography Magnetic Resonance Imaging Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Technique Imaging Modality 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & PET ResearchVU University Medical CenterAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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