13 March 2009 Image quality and signal distribution in 1.5-T and 3-T MRI in mild traumatic brain injury patients
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Proceedings Volume 7258, Medical Imaging 2009: Physics of Medical Imaging; 72584M (2009) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.812224
Event: SPIE Medical Imaging, 2009, Lake Buena Vista (Orlando Area), Florida, United States
Clear standards are lacking in the imaging modalities of the deficit in mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) patients. The purpose of this study is to compare the image quality by signal distribution between 1.5 Tesla and 3 Tesla MRI in turbo spin echo (TSE) and gradient echo (GRE) images in normal hospital settings and to find preferences for which field to use in MTBI patients. We studied 40 MTBI patients with TSE and GRE; 20 patients were imaged at 1.5 T and 20 at 3 T. The imaging parameters were optimized separately for the two scanners. Histograms of the signal distribution in 22 ROIs were fitted to a 1-peak Gaussian model and the resulting peak positions were scaled in respect to the peak positions of genu of the corpus callosum and the caudate nuclei. Correlation of the contrast of the ROIs in reference to genu of the corpus callosum between both the two scanners and the two imaging sequences was good. Image contrast was similar at both in the TSE images; in the GRE images contrast improved from 1.5 T to 3 T. However, based on peak positions and widths, a slight drawback in the separability between the ROIs was observed when 1.5 T MRI was replaced by 3 T. No clear improvement in tissue contrast or separability of 3 T was found compared to 1.5 T. Imaging of MTBI with 3 T should therefore be based on other advantages of high-field imaging, such as improved SNR and spatial resolution.
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Maija E. Rossi, Maija E. Rossi, Prasun Dastidar, Prasun Dastidar, Pertti Ryymin, Pertti Ryymin, Aarne Ylinen, Aarne Ylinen, Juha Öhman, Juha Öhman, Seppo Soimakallio, Seppo Soimakallio, Hannu Eskola, Hannu Eskola, "Image quality and signal distribution in 1.5-T and 3-T MRI in mild traumatic brain injury patients", Proc. SPIE 7258, Medical Imaging 2009: Physics of Medical Imaging, 72584M (13 March 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.812224; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.812224

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