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Abstract #0919

The use of 3D FSE in place of 2D T2-FSE, 2D T2*-GRE in the diagnosis of cervical spinal non-neoplastic lesion

tianyong xu1, guang han2, songguo liu2, mingzhi pan3, yang li4, zhenyu zhou5, and bing wu5

1MR application, GE healthcare china, shanghai, People's Republic of China, 2radiology, Chinese medicine hospital of Linyi, shandong, People's Republic of China, 3radiology, the second affiliated hospital of Shandong university of traditional Chinese medicine, shandong, People's Republic of China, 4radiology, the second hospital of Shandong university, shandong, People's Republic of China, 5MR modality, GE healthcare china, beijing, People's Republic of China

Magnetic resonance imaging has been accepted as the predominant imaging tool for diagnosis of spinal disease, such as protrusion of intervertebral disc, tumor, inflammation, trauma [1]. T2 weighted imaging is commonly used for diagonosis in many medial centers, however 2D fast spin echo (FSE) image quality is often limited by several practical factors including low fat content, high susceptibility effect and vunerability to motion and pulsation. T2* weighted imaging is another popular choice [2]. Improved contrast may be obtained between gray matter and white matter of medullar. The drawback of T2* imaging is the hyperintense gray matter signal may may cause the small cervical spinal cord lesion to be overlooked. In this work, the use of 3D FSE is assessed and compared to 2D T2 and T2* imaging, and hypothesized to overcome their shortcomings.

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