Dear spinal cord MRI community,
About 3 years ago we started setting up a consensus acquisition protocol for quantitative MRI of the spinal cord. After multiple discussions, implementations and testing, we presented a first version of the protocol at this year’s ISMRM, see Alley et al.. A manuscript is in preparation (tentative submission for April 2019).
The consensus protocol is available here:
During the 2018 Spinal Cord MRI Workshop we discussed the idea that multiple centers would scan subjects using this protocol and that data would be centralized into a curated public database as a way to validate the protocol and in an attempt to create normative qMRI values.
The purpose of this thread is to follow-up on that idea. In brief, we are asking each participating center to scan 6 subjects, ideally before March 31st. Those who participate will be added as co-authors to the manuscript under preparation. More information is available in the manuscript and in the OSF wiki.
If you are interested to contribute to this database, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope many of you will contribute to this seminal database, which will surely be of great use to our community for many years to come.