By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Researchers detail new data in Skeletal Radiology. According to news reporting from Essen, Germany, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "To evaluate 7-T MRI of both hips using a multi-channel transmit technology to compensate for inherent B1 inhomogeneities in volunteers and patients with avascular necrosis of the femoral head. A self-built, eight-channel transmit-receive coil was utilized for B1 modification at 7 T. Two shim modes (individual shim vs. CP2+ mode) were initially compared and the best shim result was used for all further imaging."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from University Hospital, "Robustness of sequences against B1 inhomogeneities, appearance of anatomic and pathologic changes of the femoral heads of MEDIC, DESS, PD/T2w TSE, T1w TSE, and STIR sequences at 7 T were evaluated in 12 subjects on a four-point scale (1-4): four male volunteers and eight patients (seven males, one female) suffering from avascular necrosis treated by advanced core decompression. Successful MRI of both femoral heads was achieved in all 12 subjects. CP2+ mode proved superior in ten of 12 cases. DESS proved most robust against B1 inhomogeneity. Anatomical details (labrum, articular cartilage) were best depicted in PDw, MEDIC, and DESS, while for depiction of pathological changes PDw, DESS (0.76 mm(3)) and T1w were superior. Our initial results of ultra-high-field hip joint imaging demonstrate high-resolution, high-contrast images with a good depiction of anatomic and pathologic changes. However, shifting areas of signal dropout from the femoral heads to the center of the pelvis makes these areas not assessable. For clinical workflow CP2+ mode is most practical."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Seven-Tesla MRI of the hip joints may become a valuable complement to clinical field strengths."
For more information on this research see: Bilateral hip imaging at 7 Tesla using a multi-channel transmit technology: initial results presenting anatomical detail in healthy volunteers and pathological changes in patients with avascular necrosis of the femoral head. Skeletal Radiology, 2013;42(11):1555-1563. Skeletal Radiology can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring St, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer - www.springer.com; Skeletal Radiology - www.springerlink.com/content/0364-2348/)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J.M. Theysohn, Univ Hosp Essen, Dept. of Orthopaed Surg, D-45122 Essen, Germany. Additional authors for this research include O. Kraff, S. Orzada, N. Theysohn, T. Classen, S. Landgraeber, M.E. Ladd and T.C. Lauenstein (see also Skeletal Radiology).
Keywords for this news article include: Essen, Europe, Germany, Technology, Skeletal Radiology
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