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Abstract #3184

Feasibility and Reproducibility Study of Diffusion-Tensor Imaging in Rotator Cuff Muscles of Asymptomatic Volunteers.

Cyril Tous, PhD1, Alexandre Jodoin, MD2, Detlev Grabs, MD, PhD3, Elijah Van Houten, PhD4, and Nathalie J Bureau, MD MSc FRCP(C)1,2
1Radiology, Centre de recherche du Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2Radiology, Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada, 3Anatomy, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Trois-Rivières, QC, Canada, 4Mechanical Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

Surgical planning of rotator cuff tears does not benefit from quantitative measurement of muscles stiffness and microstructure leading to retears in the following years. Since stiffness is dependent on anisotropy, Diffusion Tensor Imaging can simplify the inversion algorithm of Magnetic resonance elastography. Repeatability of DTI metrics from three scans in six shoulders of six asymptomatic volunteers was achieved (coefficient of variance <10%) for the fractional anisotropy, mean diffusivity, mode and eigenvalues. Clear convergence of myocytes to the tendons was observed with tractography in the supraspinatus as known in dissection. This MRI protocol is promising for developing biomarkers for surgical planning.

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