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Abstract #1308

BLADE in Sagittal T2-Weighted Imaging of the Cervical Spine: Reduction of Artifacts and Value for Clinical Application

Claudia Fellner1, Cynthia Menzel1, Franz A. Fellner2, Christine Ginthr2, Niels Zorger1, Ernst M. Jung1, Stefan Feuerbach1, Thomas Finkenzeller1

1Institute of Radiology, University of Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany; 2Institute of Radiology, General Hospital, Linz, Austria

To evaluate the BLADE technique for sagittal T2-weighted imaging of the cervical spine for routine application, BLADE and TSE sequences were compared in 60 successive patients. Image sharpness, motion, truncation and metal artifacts, flow phenomena, vertebral body/disk and spinal cord/CSF contrast, and diagnostic reliability of spinal cord depiction were graded visually. BLADE was statistically superior to TSE for all criteria except for metal artifacts. In a side-by-side comparison of both sequences BLADE was superior for diagnostic purpose in 50/60, inferior in 3/60 patients. Therefore, BLADE seems to be a promising technique for routine sagittal T2-weighted imaging of the cervical spine.