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High-resolution MR imaging of the knee at 3 T.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10665878     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
PURPOSE: To examine the practical feasibility of using a 3.0-T MR unit to obtain high-quality, high-resolution images of the knee joint. MATERIAL AND METHODS: One human cadaveric and 5 porcine knees were imaged with the 3.0-T unit. Sets of T1-weighted spin echo images were obtained with in-plane resolution of 0.195x0.39 mm and an acquisition time of approximately 5 min. Two porcine knees were also imaged with the 1.0-T unit with an identical imaging protocol and the signal-to-noise (S/N) ratios were measured on images at 3 T and 1 T. RESULTS: The 3-T MR system provided detailed delineation of the knees. Deep layers of the medial collateral ligament and associated fine fibers beneath the medial and lateral collateral ligament were demarcated. We observed precise demonstration of the tibial attachment of the anterior cruciate ligament, irregularity of the meniscal free edge, and conjoint tendon formation together with the lateral collateral ligament and the biceps femoris tendon. Compared to the 1-T unit, the S/N ratio with the 3-T unit was increased by a factor of 1.39 to 1.72. CONCLUSION: Due to the potential advantage of obtaining detailed images, the 3-T MR system suggests a practical utility for fine demonstration of the knee morphology.
Authors:
M Niitsu; T Nakai; K Ikeda; G Y Tang; H Yoshioka; Y Itai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta radiologica (Stockholm, Sweden : 1987)     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0284-1851     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Radiol     Publication Date:  2000 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-02-15     Completed Date:  2000-02-15     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706123     Medline TA:  Acta Radiol     Country:  DENMARK    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  84-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Radiology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.
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Animals
Humans
Knee Joint / anatomy & histology*
Ligaments, Articular / anatomy & histology
Magnetic Resonance Imaging* / methods
Swine

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