Vertebral landmarks for the identification of spinal cord segments in the mouse
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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Neurolmage. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Neurolmage, Vol. 68, March 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.11.048
Accurate identification of spinal cord segments in relation to vertebral landmarks is essential to surgery aimed at experimental spinal cord injury. We have analyzed a complete series of high-resolution magnetic resonance (MR) images from the mouse spine in order to delineate the boundaries of spinal cord segments in relation to vertebral landmarks. The resulting atlas can be used to plan experimental approaches that require the accurate identification of a target spinal cord segment.
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