Medical Policy
Subject: Magnetic Resonance Neurography
Document #: RAD.00044Publish Date: 04/12/2023
Status: ReviewedLast Review Date: 02/16/2023

This document addresses the use of magnetic resonance neurography, also known as magnetic resonance neurogram.

Position Statement

Investigational and Not Medically Necessary:

Magnetic resonance neurography is considered investigational and not medically necessary.


Description of Technology
Peripheral nerve disorders can often be diagnosed using a combination of clinical history and neurological exam. In some cases, electromyography (EMG), nerve conduction studies (NCS) and nerve biopsy may be used. Magnetic resonance neurography has been proposed as another diagnostic tool to diagnose peripheral nerve disorders.

Magnetic resonance neurography is a specialized type of magnetic resonance imaging which focuses in on the peripheral nerves. Using specialized equipment, magnetic resonance neurography enhances the images of peripheral nerves.

Brachial Plexopathy
The brachial plexus is a group of spinal nerves which extend along the arm to the hand. When the brachial plexus isn’t operating correctly, brachial plexopathy can occur. This can lead to lack of movement and lack of feeling in the arm and shoulder. Cause can be from disease (usually an autoimmune disorder) to traumatic injury. Diagnosis can be done by EMG, NCS or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

In a retrospective review by Fisher and colleagues (2016), the authors reviewed 121 magnetic resonance neurography exams that were done on individuals with suspected but unknown brachial plexopathy. After the interpretation of the magnetic resonance neurography exams, the impact of the magnetic resonance neurography on the pre-imaging clinical diagnosis and treatment plan was classified as concordant, mild change or substantial change. Mild change was defined as the difference in severity of disease unlikely to affect treatment planning. Substantial change was defined as a large deviation from expected severity of disease, a separate disease etiology, or actionable and previously unknown incidental findings. A total of 47 electrodiagnostic exams were performed prior to the magnetic resonance neurography and 31 of these electrodiagnostic exams were concordant with the magnetic resonance neurography findings, and 16 electrodiagnostic exams showed a discordance in the diagnosis between electromyography and magnetic resonance neurography. After magnetic resonance neurography, there was a change in pre-imaging clinical impression for 91 of the participants (mild change in diagnosis in 57 participants and substantial change in 34 participants). A total of 19 participants proceeded to therapies that would not have been ordered if not for the magnetic resonance neurography results. Limitations to this study include the retrospective nature and the subjectivity in categorizing a mild or substantial change in diagnosis. There were no future outcomes data for the participants and for those who had electrodiagnostic exams prior to magnetic resonance neurography exams, the results were available prior to imaging almost 55% of the time which may have led to an influence of interpretation of the magnetic resonance neurography.

In a 2018 study by Upadhyaya and colleagues, the authors presented findings of a single-institution, prospective, observational study of 25 children who presented to the hospital with brachial plexopathy and a history of non-obstetric trauma and received magnetic resonance neurography scanning 6 weeks or more following their trauma. Impairment of movement at the shoulder was found in 24 children, at the elbow in 24 children, and at the wrist in 19 children. Impairment of movement at all three levels was found in 18 children (pan-plexopathy). Signs of injury were found at the level of the roots in 22 children, at the level of the trunks in 20 children, and at the level of the cords in 22 children. None of the magnetic resonance neurography results were correlated with electrophysiological studies (nerve conduction velocity [NCV] or EMG) or surgical findings. This study was based solely on analysis of results of scanning. There is no documentation of how the results influenced treatment of the associated conditions.

In a 2021 single-institution retrospective study by Kwee and colleagues, MRI scans of the brachial plexus were reviewed in 15 consecutive participants with and 45 random participants without brachial plexus abnormalities. The aim was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of magnetic resonance neurography as an adjunct to conventional MRI for the assessment of brachial plexus pathology. All scans were reviewed by three different physicians. Median interpretation times ranging from 20-30s were reported. Agreement between the reviewers was substantial as judged by kappa coefficients of 0.715 – 0.739. Brachial plexus abnormalities could be detected with moderate sensitivity (53.3 to 73.3%) and high specificity (95.6 to 100%). There was a 100% detection rate by at least two readers of the following conditions: traumatic injury, metastases, radiation-induced plexopathy, schwannoma, and inflammatory process of unknown cause. The majority of readers did not detect neuralgic amyotrophy, iatrogenic injury after first rib resection, and cervical disc herniation. The authors concluded that neurography is a useful tool when assessing for brachial plexus abnormalities because interpretation time is short and the majority of abnormalities can be detected. Study limitations included that the participant population was heterogeneous and the reference standard (retrospective review of all MRI data by a senior neuroradiologist) may not have been adequate because some plexus abnormalities may not even be visible by conventional MRI.

Braga Silva and colleagues (2021) conducted a systematic review of the literature with the aim of analyzing the applicability of magnetic resonance neurography in peripheral nerve injuries. Nineteen articles were included: most were reviews with few randomized control trials. According to this review, MRN is an important tool for planning the repair of closed nerve injuries and for prognosis. Most of the articles suggested that MRN could improve treatment, providing more accurate early diagnosis of nerve damage and reducing the need for exploratory surgery. MRN has many advantages including non-invasive technique, objective visualization of neural and perineural tissues, fascicular representation, and objective visualization of serial interval images of successful treatment. Although not part of the recommended protocol, MRN is increasingly being used. However, there are a number of limitations of MRN including technical challenges and the inability to identify certain nerve injuries. Some neuropathies in the subclinical stage can intensify the T2 signal and therefore simulate nerve injury. MRN also lacks appropriate visualization of the long axis of the nerve and the ability to distinguish between regeneration and chronic degeneration. The authors concluded that additional research and development in imaging techniques is needed to enable more specific reading of MR imaging and to guide clinical decisions. Furthermore, “multicenter studies are still needed to validate the promising results of these techniques and to standardize clinical MRI protocols and normative quantitative values for various functional parameters, to make them reproducible between centers.”

Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)
CIDP is a rare disorder which typically presents with symmetrical motor function impairment that may or may not be coupled with sensory disturbances. It generally progresses over the course of at least 2 months but may follow a relapsing/remitting course. This disorder affects approximately 5-7 cases per 100,000 individuals and over 50% of affected individuals will be unable to walk without support during the course of the disease. Approximately 10% of these individuals will become persistently disabled or will die. Although the exact etiology is unknown, it is thought to be the result of an autoimmune attack (humoral and cell-mediated) on the peripheral nerves which damages the myelin sheath. This myelin damage is documented by NCS or nerve biopsies. It can be difficult to diagnose and atypical CIDP can account up to 50% of all cases. Several neuropathies share a similar clinical presentation with CIDP. Once the diagnosis is made, prompt treatment is needed to halt inflammatory demyelination, prevent secondary axonal degeneration, and minimize the chances of permanent disability.

In a 2017 study by Ishikawa and colleagues, 13 participants with CIDP had whole-body magnetic resonance neurography. Those images were compared with the images of 12 healthy control participants to assess local conditions during the disease process. The volumes of the peripheral nerves were calculated from the serial axial magnetic resonance images. The participants with a diagnosis of CIDP had larger volumes than the control group and the volume was positively correlated with the duration of disease. There is no documentation of the impact of disease management based on magnetic resonance neurography findings and the study has limitations including the lack of comparison to other diagnostic tests for CIDP.

A 2020 prospective study by Su and colleagues evaluated the distribution of hypertrophy and characteristics of peripheral nerves in participants with CIDP. The goal was to ascertain the rate of abnormalities of the peripheral nerves and relativity between the nerve diameter with measurement of clinical outcomes. There were 31 participants with CIDP and 21 healthy participants in the control group. All participants underwent magnetic resonance neurography. In both the participants with CIDP and healthy group, the ganglia presented low signal intensities similar to filling defects. None of the participants in the control group were found to have nerve bilateral hypertrophy whereas it was observed in the brachial plexus of 19 participants and in the lumbosacral plexus of 25 participants with CIDP. When comparing those with CIDP to the control group, there were no significant differences in the nerve diameters between the left and right sides. The diameters of the C5–C8 and L4–S1 nerve roots and sciatic and femoral nerves were larger in those with CIDP than those in the control group. Currently there is no consensus regarding correlation between the nerve size and clinical characteristic, course of the disease, or response to treatment. This study did not show significant differences between the individuals with and without hypertrophy nor was there association with the degree of hypertrophy. There was no comparison between magnetic resonance neurography to other diagnostic tests for CIDP.

In a 2020 study by Oudeman and colleagues the authors reported on the diagnostic performance of magnetic resonance neurography versus ultrasound (using cross-sectional areas of the nerve) in the diagnosis of CIDP, multifocal motor neuropathy and segmented spinal muscular atrophy. There were 13 participants with CIDP, 10 with multifocal motor neuropathy, 12 with segmented spinal muscular atrophy, and 30 healthy controls. Mild hypertrophy was seen in all groups and one radiologist scored moderate hypertrophy in all groups, including the control group. There was an increased signal intensity found in those with multifocal motor neuropathy, segmented spinal muscular atrophy, and CIDP. Two radiologists also noted increased signal intensity in several of the control group. Magnetic resonance neurography positive predictive value ranged between 27% and 80% with a negative predictive value ranging between 50% and 64%. Ultrasound showed higher cross-sectional areas in those with CIDP compared to segmented spinal muscular atrophy. Most of the recruited participants with CIDP and multifocal motor neuropathy were treatment naïve and while the group sizes were large enough to show evidence of discriminative properties, they were too small to provide reliable cutoff values with corresponding sensitivities and specificities. The participant groups presented in an identical fashion which could pose a diagnostic challenge. Variations in radiologist observations also posed a challenge in this study.

Wu and colleagues (2020) reported on the value of lumbosacral nerve roots on magnetic resonance neurography in the diagnosis of CIDP and analyzing the correlations with electrophysiological parameters of lower extremities by quantifying cross-sectional areas and signal intensity of L3 to S1 nerve roots. The study included 21 subjects with CIDP and 21 controls. Cross-sectional areas showed enlarged nerve roots in all slices in the CIDP group compared to the control group. Signal intensity was also noted to be higher in the L3 to S1 nerve roots in those with CIDP when compared to the control group (mean signal intensity 1.314 ± 0.199 and 1.155 ± 0.094 respectively). NCS were done on all participants to assess the magnetic resonance neurography findings to electrophysiological parameters of the lower extremities. Cross-sectional areas of L5 and S1 nerve roots correlated positively with central latency of tibial nerve. There was also positive correlation of the L5 nerve root with the latency of the sural nerve. There were no correlations found between the cross-sectional areas of the lumbosacral nerve roots and electrophysiological parameters of common peroneal nerve and sensory nerves. There were also no correlations between the signal intensity of L3 to S1 nerve roots and the electrophysiological parameters of superficial peroneal nerve and motor nerves. While those in the CIDP group showed enlarged nerve roots, higher signal intensity in nerve roots, and positive correlations with electrophysiological parameters, there was a lack of information of improved health outcomes.

In 2021, Su and colleagues reported on a prospective case-control study with the aim of evaluating the performance of magnetic resonance neurography in diagnosing abnormalities of the brachial and lumbosacral (LS) plexus in CIDP. Magnetic resonance neurography was performed on 37 individuals with CIDP and 37 age- and gender-matched controls. Two radiologists blinded to the clinical information performed the qualitative and quantitative assessments. The sizes of the nerve roots were significantly larger in CIDP. Nerve-to-muscle T2 signal intensity ratio, contrast-enhanced ratio (CR), and apparent diffusion coefficient were significantly higher in CIDP compared to controls while fractional anisotropy (FA) was lower. There was a modest negative correlation between FA and duration of disease in CIDP. In the LS plexus, the combination of CR and FA has the highest sensitivity, specificity, accuracy, and area under the curve (AUC). The authors concluded that magnetic resonance neurography has a high diagnostic performance in the LS plexus. They recommended that neurography, combined with diffusion tensor imaging and contrast enhancement, be used in diagnosis and management of CIDP. However, there is currently no consensus regarding correlation between the nerve size and clinical characteristics, course of the disease, or response to treatment. This study found no significant correlation between the clinical disability scores and any MRI parameters.

Other Conditions
Filler and colleagues (2005) published a non-randomized controlled trial which consisted of 239 consecutive participants with sciatica of unknown etiology for which standard diagnosis and treatment failed. These individuals, who had similar symptoms, underwent conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance neurography followed by MR-guided marcaine injection into the piriformis muscle. The diagnostic efficacy revealed that piriformis muscle asymmetry and sciatic nerve hyperintensity at the sciatic notch exhibited a 93% specificity and 64% sensitivity in distinguishing individuals with from those without piriformis syndrome. It must be noted that this is a single study regarding a single anatomic area and diagnostic issue, and thus is not generalizable to other uses for magnetic resonance neurography.

Du and colleagues (2010) reported on the use of magnetic resonance neurography in the management of spinal and peripheral nerve disorders. They retrospectively reviewed the charts of 191 individuals who had undergone magnetic resonance neurography. Ninety-one of those individuals also underwent comparative EMG/NCS. When the magnetic resonance neurography was compared to EMG/NCS, 29 individuals received the same diagnostic information, 41 individuals received additional diagnostic information, 15 individuals received less diagnostic information and 6 individuals received a different diagnosis altogether. The median timeframe of imaging was 12 months following the onset of symptoms. The authors suggest several potential uses for magnetic resonance neurography. They also noted that magnetic resonance neurography is less useful if done greater than 1 year after the onset of symptoms and that magnetic resonance neurography is limited due to its ability to only image a selected region of the nerve pathway.

A 2018 retrospective, single institution study by Dessouky and colleagues reported on 202 individuals with complaints of chronic lumbosacral and pelvic pain who underwent magnetic resonance neurography. Previous diagnostic imaging (including lumbar MRI, EMG/NCV, and pelvic MRI) was completed on 139 of the participants with a lack of definitive diagnosis. As a result of the magnetic resonance neurography findings, 186 individuals had a change in diagnosis (the most common diagnoses from the magnetic resonance neurography findings were neuropathy, failed back syndrome, pyriformis syndrome, and pelvic floor dysfunction) and 152 individuals had a change in treatment. The most common changes in treatment included conservative therapy (including medication and physical therapy), injections, and surgery. A total of 131 individuals were available for follow-up with a mean duration of 10.5 ± 7 months. During the follow-up period, 42 participants had recurrence of pain while 89 did not. There are several limitations to this study including the retrospective nature design and short-term follow-up period. The single institution design could potentially lead to selection bias and findings which are not generalizable. Only pain outcomes were analyzed. There is no information provided regarding functional outcome measurements. With a lack of comparison group, it is not clear what the outcomes of standards of care would have been. Multicenter prospective trials are necessary to help mitigate the limitations of this study.

A 2020 study by Vaeggemose and colleagues evaluated whether magnetic resonance neurography of the sciatic and tibial nerve can detect diabetic peripheral neuropathy in persons with type 2 diabetes. Included in the study were 20 participants with type 2 diabetes (10 with polyneuropathy and 10 without polyneuropathy) and 20 healthy controls. Diabetic peripheral neuropathy was defined using findings from vibratory perception threshold tests, NCS, and clinical exams. Neuropathy was diagnosed by at least two abnormal nerve findings from the following: NCS ≥ 2, vibratory perception threshold at index finger and big toe (≥ 98th percentile), neuropathy symptom score ≥ 1, and neurological impairment score ≥ 7. Magnetic resonance neurography of the sciatic and tibial nerves was compared pairwise between the groups. While the authors concluded magnetic resonance imaging accurately detected diabetic neuropathy, there was no comparison to other methods, and there was no discussion of how results affected net health outcomes.

In 2021, Zhang and colleagues retrospectively studied a cohort of 55 individuals with trigeminal neuralgia with the aim of evaluating the usefulness of MRN in the diagnosis and management of this condition. MRN images were examined by two independent radiologists. The impact of MRN on the diagnosis and proposed clinical management was evaluated by two surgeons in neurosurgery and pain management. A total of 33 of 55 subjects underwent intervention for pain. MRN interpretation did not change treatment planning or management in 10 subjects, had a mild effect in 5 subjects and was substantial (that is. MRN changed the diagnosis or involvement of the nerve along with a change in the proposed treatment) in 18 of the 33 subjects (54.5%) who received surgical intervention. Follow-up time was from 1 week to 12 months. Pain was reduced after intervention in 25 of the 33 subjects. The correlation between MRN results and intervention response was either excellent (19 subjects) or moderate (14 subjects). The authors concluded that MRN is useful in the evaluation of peripheral trigeminal neuropathies, can accurately show nerve abnormalities and had significant impact on clinical management. However this study has several limitations including the retrospective design, short follow up period and lack of a control group. Multicenter prospective trials are necessary to evaluate the impact of MRN on management of trigeminal neuralgia and to assess clinical outcomes.

Boecker and colleagues (2022) conducted a retrospective matched-pair cohort study with the aim of evaluating the role of MRN in accelerating decision-making regarding diagnosis and treatment in peripheral nerve surgery of the upper extremity. There were 29 subjects with peripheral nerve injuries (PNI) who underwent MRN in addition to established diagnostics like electroneurography and neurosonography and were matched with similar subjects without supplementary MRN for a total of 58 subjects. Standard of care for PNI is a “watch and wait” strategy for 3 to 6 months but ideally surgical intervention should be conducted as fast as possible once a firm diagnostic decision has been reached in order to avoid irreversible muscle degeneration. Within the first 90 days following PNI, subjects who had MRN benefited from significantly faster decision making about treatment (38.2 ± 7.7 days) vs subjects without MRN (79.0 ± 14.2 days). There was no evidence of accelerated decision-making in subjects with MRN after 90 days post-PNI. The authors concluded that MRN had significant time-sparing effects on the decision-making process, saving approximately 4 weeks during the first 90 days after PNI. Limitations include that this study was single-center, retrospective, there may be a selection bias caused by the study design and there was no discussion of how results affected functional health outcomes.

In a 2021 prospective case-control study by Rother and colleagues, peripheral nerve damage in alcohol-dependent people (ADP) was characterized and quantified by MRN. There were 31 adults with a history of excessive alcohol consumption and 20 age- and sex-matched healthy controls who were examined. The ADP group was further divided into those subjects with alcohol-related polyneuropathy (ALN) and those without (non-ALN). The non-ALN group contained only 6 subjects. MRN detected nerve damage in ADP with and without ALN. There was a positive correlation between some MRN markers (ρ, T2w-signal, cross sectional area of the tibial nerve) with the clinical neurological severity score. The conclusion was that “MRN detects and quantifies peripheral nerve damage in ADP in vivo even in the absence of clinically overt ALN.” Microstructural markers may distinguish between ADP with and without obvious ALN. Limitations of this study include the smaller size of the control group compared to the ADP group, the single-center design, and lack of discussion of how results affected health outcomes.

At this time there is inadequate data regarding the diagnostic performance of magnetic resonance neurography, in terms of defining the normal range of morphologies, the sensitivity and specificity of identification of abnormalities in comparison to other diagnostic tests, and the impact on net health outcomes.


Conventional evaluation of peripheral nerves typically relies on an individual’s clinical history, neurological examination and electrodiagnostic tests.

Magnetic resonance neurography is an imaging procedure involving the use of a standard MRI machine augmented with special software and hardware upgrades. The development of magnetic resonance neurography enables direct high-resolution longitudinal and cross-sectional images of peripheral nerves such that the morphology of the nerve can be visualized. These upgrades allow the device to emit special magnetic sequences, which are detected by specialized custom-built phased-array imaging surface coils.

Magnetic resonance neurography has been proposed as a method by which nerves in the body can be imaged in a manner not possible with other imaging methodologies.


Magnetic resonance: The absorption of specific frequencies of radio and microwave radiation by atoms placed in a magnetic field, revealing molecular structure.

Magnetic resonance neurography: A means of optimizing an MRI scan for sensitivity to special biophysical properties of nerves.


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Unlisted magnetic resonance procedure (eg, diagnostic, interventional) [when specified as magnetic resonance neurography]



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Peer Reviewed Publications:

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