Imaging of the Spine at 3 Tesla
Abbreviated Journal Title
Neuroimaging Clin. N. Am.
3 Tesla (T); Spine; MR imaging; Magnetic field strength (B0); Signal/noise ratio (SNR); specific absorption rate (SAR); T1 FLAIR; Radio frequency (RF) transmission; 3.0 T; LUMBAR SPINE; MR; CONTRAST; SEQUENCE; ECHO; CORD; Neurosciences; Neuroimaging; Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical; Imaging
Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging at 3 T has proved superior to 1.5 T in the brain for detecting numerous pathologic entities including hemosiderin, tiny metastases, subtle demyelinating plaques, active demyelinating plaques, and some epileptogenic foci, as well as small aneurysms with MR angiography. 3 T is superior to most advanced imaging techniques including diffusion, diffusion tensor imaging, perfusion, spectroscopy and functional MR imaging. The increased signal/noise ratio at 3 T permits higher spatial resolution. Initially spine imaging at 3 T proved more difficult with less successful results. During the past 7 years, technological advances in magnet and surface coil design as well as improved radio frequency transmitters and pulse sequence design in combination with the large body of knowledge accrued by radiologists and physicists during a nine year experience with clinical imaging of the spine with the doubled B0, has resulted in 3 T MRI of the spine achieving a reputation similar to that for brain imaging.
Neuroimaging Clinics of North America
"Imaging of the Spine at 3 Tesla" (2012). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 3288.