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  E. Future Ways To Treat The Spine

Narrator: This is Science Today. Magnetic resonance neurography, a new technique developed by UCLA neurosurgeon Aaron Filler, offers doctors the chance to non-invasively see nerves in the body. Fillers says this modified magnetic resonance imaging scanner, or MRI, will also provide more answers for patients in chronic pain.

Filler: In some cases, we’ll be looking at pain problems that in the past, we couldn’t even begin to diagnose properly.

Narrator: MR neurography basically isolates nerves from other tissues in the body and may greatly help doctors working with the spine.

Filler: There are a lot of errors, or mistakes made in diagnosis and there are as many as 100 thousand patients a year who have surgery for the spine that fails, often because the original diagnosis was incorrect. We’re hoping this will have a big impact in improving the accuracy and usefulness of our existing imaging for the spine.

Narrator: For Science Today, I’m Larissa Branin.