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Abstract #1908

Improve the Detection of Cartilage Degradation by Dividing the Tissue Unequally – A Comparative Study of Two Methods

Farid Badar1, Ji Hyun Lee1, and Yang Xia1

1Department of Physics and Center for Biomedical Research, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, United States

The consequences of two different zone-division methods in MRI T2 of articular cartilage were studied, using an animal model of early osteoarthritis (OA). By dividing the cartilage thickness unequally, significant improvement in OA detection can be achieved – both in the deeper cartilage as well as between the contralateral and normal tissue. This improved detection may become important in the clinical diagnostics of early OA.

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