Mai Hanamiya1, Takatoshi Aoki1, Yoshiko Yamashita1, Yoshiko Hayashida1, Toru Sato2, Shigeru Hibino3, Atsushi Nozaki3, Yukunori Korogi1
1Radiology, University of Occupational and Environmental Health School of Medicine, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka, Japan; 2Clinical Radiology Service, University of Occupational and Environmental Health Hospital; 3GE Healthcare Japan
Our purpose is to compare 3D-FSE-Cube with 2D-FSE sequence for MR imaging of the ankle at 3.0T MR system. Eight healthy volunteers were examined with 3D-FSE Cube (6 minutes 50 seconds) and 2D-FSE (axial, sagittal and coronal planes, total imaging time; 11minutes 24 seconds), and 3D-FSE-Cube images were reformatted into images of same planes as 2D-FSE. Bone, cartilage, fluid, and tendon SNRs and bone-tendon CNR were significantly higher with the 3D-FSE-Cube. The 3D-FSE-Cube sequence with parallel imaging at 3.0T MR enables to reduce examination time preserving image quality and evaluate complex anatomy of the ankle on multiple arbitrary planes.