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Abstract #1434

The role of susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) in musculoskeletal radiology as an alternative to computed tomography (CT).

Akshaykumar Nana Kamble1 and Gaurav Gangavani2

1Radio-diagnosis, Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Delhi, India, 2Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India

SWI has been used for detection of calcification and hemosiderin deposits in diagnosis of the neurological disorders, hemorrhagic disorders and neuroinfectious conditions. Our study tries to answer the question that whether the susceptibility weighted MR imaging can provide alternative to the CT scan and thus decreasing our dependency on the modality which has significant drawback of having radiation dose especially to our young patients. We compared SWi and CT for the characterization of lesion calcification and hemorrhage and we found there was no significant difference in detection rate of these characteristics between two modalities, thus proving SWI as equally sensitive.

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