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Abstract #0861

Diffusion tensor imaging and T2 measurements are sensitive to changes in muscle tear due to healing

John David Biglands1,2,3, Steven F Tanner1,3, Ai Lyn Tan1,4, John P Ridgway1,3, Paul Emery1,4, Thorsten Feiweier5, Philip Robinson1, Andrew Grainger1, and Philip O'Connor1

1Leeds Biomedical Research Centre, The University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine, The University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom, 3Medical Physics and Engineering, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds, United Kingdom, 4Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM), The University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom, 5Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany

The aim of this study was to investigate the ability of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and T2 measurements to detect changes due to healing in athletes with muscle tears. 13 professional athletes were imaged within 2 days of injury and at the point that they returned to training. Regions of interest depicting the tear were drawn at visit 1 and were propagated to parameter maps from both visits taking into account motion between images. The study showed significant differences in DTI parameters and T2 values between visits, implying that these measures may be useful quantitative markers in assessing muscle healing.

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