Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy in Common Dementias

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Neurodegenerative dementias are characterized by elevated myoinositol and decreased N-acetylaspartate (NAA) levels. The increase in myoinositol seems to precede decreasing NAA levels in Alzheimer's diseases. NAA/myo-inositol ratio in the posterior cingulate gyri decreases with increasing burden of Alzheimer's disease pathologic conditions. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H MRS) is sensitive to the pathophysiologic processes associated with the risk of dementia in patients with mild cognitive impairment. Although significant progress has been made in improving the acquisition and analysis techniques in 1H MRS, translation of these technical developments to clinical practice have not been effective because of the lack of standardization for multisite applications and normative data and an insufficient understanding of the pathologic basis of 1H MRS metabolite changes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-406
Number of pages14
JournalNeuroimaging Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2013


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementias
  • Magnetic resonance spectroscopy
  • Mild cognitive impairment
  • N-Acetylaspartate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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