Detailed MRI scans can identify the source of debilitating nerve pain in 'Long ...

Advanced scanning technology that combines MRI with ultrasound can help identify the source of debilitating nerve pain in 'Long Covid' patients Northwestern University academics combined MRI scans with ultrasound   High-resolution images identify the source of pain in 'Long Covid' patients   Can be employed to identify nerve damage and the severity of condition 

By Joe Pinkstone For Mailonline

Published: 15:00 GMT, 1 December 2020 | Updated: 15:00 GMT, 1 December 2020

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Long Covid suffers often struggle with unexplained fatigue and debilitating pain across their entire body, and experts have been unable to explain what causes it. 

But a high-resolution MRI scan developed in the US can pinpoint the source of nerve damage and help determine the best course of treatment.

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The technology combines magnetic resonance imaging with ultrasound to localise the source of pain, the number of affected nerves and any muscular damage.   

Magnetic resonance imaging combined with ultrasound technology helps localise the source of pain, reveals its severity, number of affected nerves and any muscular damage

Magnetic resonance imaging combined with ultrasound technology helps localise the source of pain, reveals its severity, number of affected nerves and any muscular damage

Pictured, the source of nerve damage which may be caused by coronavirus infection and could be causing chronic and debilitating pain for Long Covid sufferers

Pictured, the source of nerve damage which may be caused by coronavirus infection and could be causing chronic and debilitating pain for Long Covid sufferers 

Covid patients in the prone position - lying their stomach - during treatment can experience chronic pain in their arms, legs, feet and hands.

This is because prone positioning, a life saving measure to help people breathe, can also cause nerve damage, according to previous research. 

How coronavirus infects the BRAIN 

The coronavirus can reach the human brain after being inhaled through a person's nose and getting stuck in their nasal mucus, a study has found. 

It is the first known proof the coronavirus can infect the brain's neurons via the mucosal pathway.

Throughout the course of the pandemic, it has become clear the coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, does not just cause respiratory distress but neurological issues as well. 

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For example, one in three report symptoms such as loss of

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