Neuroradiology. 2003 Oct 2
Aprile I, Scapeccia M, Principi M, Ottaviano P.
Magnetic Resonance Unit, S. Maria General Hospital, P. le T. Di Joannuccio 1, 05100, Terni, Italy.
We assessed possible advantages of the use of fluid-attenuated inversion-recovery (FLAIR) sequences with magnetisation-transfer contrast (MTC) over conventional FLAIR images.
We carried out cranial MRI at 1 tesla on 50 patients with both sequences.
In nine patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) we performed a quantitative comparison of the two sequences, looking at the contrast-to-noise ratio between lesions and normal white matter and counting the number of lesions shown using each method.
A qualitative comparison on all patients consisted of the analysis of the appearance of the normal parenchyma, of any lesions, and of artefacts, with particular reference to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) motion artefacts.
The quantitative analysis showed no meaningful difference between the two sequences.
The cerebral parenchyma and lesions appeared substantially the same with both techniques.
With FLAIR MTC there was a clear, and consistent reduction in CSF motion artefacts.
FLAIR MTC sequences can usefully be used in place of the conventional sequence at 1 tesla.