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Abstract #3189

The Value of 3D ETHRIVE in the Diagnosis of Early Rheumatoid Arthritis of the Hand at 3T

Kazuyuki Ohgi1, Masatoshi Hotta1, Satoshi Doishita1, Akinori Harada1, Akiyoshi Yamashita1, Hiroyuki Yokote1, Shunji Tsukuda1, Tetsuhisa Yamada1

1Department of Radiology, Japanese Red-Cross Medical Center, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Early diagnosis is essential in patients with RA. This study illustrates the usefulness of 3D eTHRIVE in MR diagnosis of RA of the hand at 3T. 3D eTHRIVE can provide useful information by eliminating partial volume effect and by yielding excellent fat saturation, and has a potential of playing important roles in the diagnosis of RA.