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.


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