Comparison of breath-hold fast spin-echo and conventional spin-echo pulse sequences for T2-weighted MR imaging of liver lesions

J. N. Rydberg, D. J. Lomas, K. J. Coakley, D. M. Hough, Richard Lorne Ehman, Stephen J Riederer

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PURPOSE: To evaluate a breath-hold fast spin-echo (SE) technique for T2- weighted magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of liver lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A fast SE technique was developed that enabled six sections to be imaged per 16-second breath hold with a single echo. Resulting images were compared with those obtained with the first echo of a conventional dual-echo T2-weighted SE sequence (16 minutes 55 seconds for 18 sections). Thirty-one patients with malignant focal hepatic lesions were studied prospectively. The images were compared quantitatively and qualitatively. RESULTS: Quantitatively, the contrast and contrast-to-noise ratios for the fast SE images were 20% ± 5 and 19% ± 8 greater, respectively, than those for the conventional T2-weighted SE images of the 54 representative lesions. Qualitatively, fast SE images had less image artifact, enabled comparable or better lesion sizing, and greatly improved depiction of extra-hepatic structures compared with conventional T2-weighted SE images. CONCLUSION: The fast SE technique with breath holding provides diagnostically useful liver images in a greatly decreased acquisition time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-437
Number of pages7
JournalRadiology
Volume194
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995

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Keywords

  • Liver neoplasms
  • Liver neoplasms, MR,
  • Magnetic resonance (MR), comparative studies
  • Magnetic resonance (MR), pulse sequences
  • Magnetic resonance (MR), rapid imaging

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  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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Comparison of breath-hold fast spin-echo and conventional spin-echo pulse sequences for T2-weighted MR imaging of liver lesions. / Rydberg, J. N.; Lomas, D. J.; Coakley, K. J.; Hough, D. M.; Ehman, Richard Lorne; Riederer, Stephen J.

In: Radiology, Vol. 194, No. 2, 1995, p. 431-437.

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