Modification of the Dixon technique enables the reconstruction of water and fat images operating at midfield strength. The technique was combined with intravenous administration of gadolinium-DTPA in five patients with lumbosacral spine conditions, four patients with soft tissue neoplasms and three with skeletal neoplasms; all patients were examined at 0.5 T. Mean attenuation of fat signal in T1-weighted images was 85% and implied a redistribution of the gray-scale dynamic range. This allowed easier appreciation of normal and abnormal enhancement in both areas containing fat tissue and areas without it. This was useful in the evaluation of fresh scars in two patients recently submitted to lamino-discectomy and of the prevertebral extension of the inflammatory process in one patient with spondylodiscitis. In the patients with soft tissue neoplasms the combination of fat suppression and Gadolinium was helpful to assess lesion size. Finally, in the patients with skeletal neoplasms fat-suppressed images obviated for the lesion disappearance observed on conventional T1-weighted SE images after contrast administration. The combination of intravenous administration of gadolinium-DPTA with Dixon's fat-suppression technique is a new promising capability of midfield MRI.
|Autori:||Mascalchi M; Battolla L; Zampa V; Falaschi F; Caramella D; Bartolozzi C|
|Titolo:||Dixon's technic for fat suppression. Its potential applications in combination with gadolinium-DTPA|
|Anno del prodotto:||1994|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|