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Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine at 3 Tesla.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18850504     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has developed dramatically in the 25 years since its clinical introduction. Advances in hardware design have included the development of high field magnets and more sophisticated and sensitive coils. Improvements in sequences, data sampling, and postprocessing software have benefited the attainable spatial and temporal resolution to the point at which the fine depiction of anatomical structure and pathological processes is now routine. As in other radiological areas, the most recent advances in MRI have proven highly valuable in the field of musculoskeletal radiology where the lack of radiation, high soft tissue contrast, and capacity for multiplanar or three-dimensional imaging have made MRI the imaging modality of choice. Particular benefits are seen in diagnostic imaging of the spine where MRI is clearly superior to both conventional radiography and computed tomography. In this article, we discuss the impact of the most recent technological advance in MRI, namely the advent of 3 Tesla (3-T) imaging, on diagnostic imaging of the spine. Comparisons are drawn with imaging at 1.5 T, and emphasis is placed on MR physics and on the benefits and principal difficulties associated with spine imaging at high field strength.
Authors:
Peter Fries; Val M Runge; Miles A Kirchin; David M Watkins; Arno Buecker; Guenther Schneider
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2008-10-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Seminars in musculoskeletal radiology     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1089-7860     ISO Abbreviation:  Semin Musculoskelet Radiol     Publication Date:  2008 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-10-13     Completed Date:  2009-01-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9717520     Medline TA:  Semin Musculoskelet Radiol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  238-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Clinic for Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Saarland University Hospital, Homburg/Saar, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Artifacts
Contrast Media / diagnostic use
Humans
Image Enhancement / methods
Magnetic Resonance Imaging / instrumentation,  methods*
Magnetics
Spinal Diseases / diagnosis*
Spinal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
Spine / anatomy & histology,  pathology*
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Contrast Media

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