Evaluation of Articular Cartilage using 3D FFE-PROSET Technique in 3.0 T Knee MR Imaging : Comparison with 2D TSE - SPIR Technique

3.0T 무릎자기공명영상에서 3차원 FFE-PROSET 기법을 이용한 관절연골평가 : 2차원 TSE-SPIR 기법과 비교

  • Goo, Eun-Hoe (Department of Radiological Science, Cheongju University)
  • 구은회 (청주대학교 방사선학과)
  • Received : 2013.11.05
  • Accepted : 2013.12.20
  • Published : 2013.12.28


The purpose of this study is to know a clinical usefulness for delineation of articular cartilage compared with 2D TSE-SPIR and 3D FFE-PROSET technique. From January 2013 to september 2013, a total of 30 normal volunteers(12 men and 18 women aged between 35 and 55 years; mean 49.48 years) were studied on a philips 3.0T MRI scanner. As a quantitative analysis, SNRs and CNRs were evaluated by using two methods for delineation of articular cartilage. As a qualitative analysis, image quality was evaluated by special radiological technologist of MRI for image delineation on a three grade. As a results, SNRs and CNRs for articular cartilage were significantly greater for the 3D FFE-PROSET(SNRs: 8.40, 114.02, 9.53, CNRs: 104.49, 139.49) technique compared to 2D TSE-SPIR(SNRs: 4.41, 71.63, 7.34, CNRs: 64.30, 58.41) technique, image quality also was higher for evaluation of 3D FFE-PROSET(2.40) technique(p=0.0021). In conclusion, this study showed that a 3D FFE-PROSET MRI has improved SNRs and CNRs for evaluating of the articular cartilage, these conclusions in the future will be provided useful information in diagnosis of articular cartilage.


Fast field echo;Spectral presaturation with inversion recovery;Principle of selected excitation technique;Turbo spin echo


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