Goetz Hannes Welsch1,2, Lukas Zak3, Tallal Charles Mamisch4, Dominik Paul5, Lars Lauer5, Friedrich Frank Hennig2, Stefan Marlovits6, Siegfried Trattnig1
1MR Center, Department of Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria; 2Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospital of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany; 3Center for Joints and Cartilage, Department of Trauma Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, Austria; 4Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland; 5Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany; 6Center for Joints and Cartilage, Department of Trauma Surgery, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
The recently described 3D-magnetic resonance observation of cartilage repair tissue (MOCART) score was prepared by standard MR sequences, by an isotropic PDfs-weighted 3D-TSE-sequence (PD-SPACE), and by an isotropic 3D-steady-state-free-precession sequence (True-FISP) to assess correlations in the diagnostic performance of the different sequences in post-operative articular cartilage imaging. Although all sequences were able to assess cartilage repair tissue after matrix-associated autologous chondrocyte transplantation, the isotropic sequences with the possible multiplanar-reconstruction provided more information in less time. The PD-SPACE sequence seems slightly superior to the True-FISP sequence due to a better performance in the depiction of the subchondral bone and less artifacts.