Susceptibility-Weighted Imaging for Evaluation of Fetal Vertebrae and Vertebral Anomalies
Xianyun Cai1,2, Jinxia Zhu3, and Guangbin Wang1
1Cheeloo College of Medicine, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong, China; Department of Radiology, Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong First Medical University, Jinan, Shandong, China., Jinan, China, China, 2Department of Radiology, Shandong Provincial Hospital Affiliated to Shandong First Medical University, Jinan, Shandong, China., Jinan, China, China, 3MR Collaboration, Siemens Healthineers Ltd, Beijing, China. Email: email@example.com, beijing, China
This study explored the feasibility and clinical value of susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI) in depicting fetal vertebral growth and related anomalies. The results showed that vertebral development in fetuses on SWI was remarkably linearly correlated with gestational ages. In addition, SWI demonstrated superior image quality and higher diagnostic accuracy compared to conventional Half-Fourier acquisition single-shot turbo spin-echo (HASTE) or true fast imaging with steady-state precession (TrueFISP) sequences. In conclusion, SWI is a reliable choice when imaging fetal vertebrae and vertebral anomalies.
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