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Insights into Imaging

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 285–293

First Online: 09 April 2015Received: 03 February 2015Revised: 05 March 2015Accepted: 08 March 2015


ObjectivesThis study sought to compare various 3D cartilage sequences and to evaluate the usefulness of ultrashort TE UTE imaging, a new technique to isolate signal from the osteochondral junction.

MethodsTwenty knees were examined at 3 T with 3D spoiled GRE FLASH, double-echo steady-state DESS, balanced SSFP, 3D turbo spin-echo TSE, and a prototype UTE sequence. Two radiologists independently evaluated all images. Consensus readings of all sequences were the reference standard. Statistical analysis included Friedman and pairwise Wilcoxon tests. Retrospective analysis of UTE morphology of osteochondral tissue in normal and abnormal cartilage seen at conventional MR was also performed.

ResultsThree-dimensional TSE was superior to other sequences for detecting cartilage lesions. FLASH and DESS performed best in the subjective quality analysis. On UTE images, normal cartilage exhibited a high-intensity linear signal near the osteochondral junction. Retrospective analysis revealed abnormal UTE morphology of the osteochondral junction in 50 % of cartilage lesions diagnosed at conventional MR.

ConclusionsCartilage imaging of the knee at 3 T can be reliably performed using 3D TSE, showing high accuracy when compared to standard sequences. Although UTE depicts signal from the deep cartilage layer, further studies are needed to establish its role for assessment of cartilage.

Main Messages• MRI is the best available imaging method for assessment of knee cartilage.

• Cartilage imaging can be reliably performed using 3D TSE.

• UTE cannot be used as a single sequence to assess cartilage.

KeywordsKnee Magnetic resonance imaging Cartilage 3 T-isotropic  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: Pieter Van Dyck - Floris Vanhevel - Filip M. Vanhoenacker - Kristien Wouters - David M. Grodzki - Jan L. Gielen - Paul 


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