One-Minute Ultrafast Brain MRI With Full Basic Sequences: Can It Be a Promising Way Forward for Pediatric Neuroimaging?
- Ha, Ji Young; Baek, Hye Jin; Ryu, Kyeong Hwa; Choi, Bo Hwa; Moon, Jin Il; Park, Sung Eun; Kim, Tae Byeong
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- AMER ROENTGEN RAY SOC
- brain; fast imaging; image quality; pediatric; ultrafast MRI
- AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY, v.215, no.1, pp.198 - 205
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- AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ROENTGENOLOGY
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- OBJECTIVE. The long scan time of brain MRI is a major drawback that limits its clinical use for evaluating pediatric patients who are inherently prone to motion and frequently require sedatives. This study investigated the clinical feasibility of a 1-minute ultrafast brain MRI protocol in pediatric patients by assessing its image quality in comparison with that of routine brain MRI. MATERIALS AND METHODS. Twenty-three patients were enrolled who underwent 1-minute ultrafast MRI and routine brain MRI protocols including five essential sequences (T1-weighted imaging, T2-weighted imaging, DWI, FLAIR, and T2*-weighted imaging). Total scan time for the same image contrast levels was 1 minute 11 seconds for ultrafast MRI versus 9 minutes 51 seconds for routine brain MRI. Two readers independently reviewed all images from the two MRI protocols and graded the image quality on a 4-point Likert scale. The Wilcoxon signed rank test was used to compare the readers' ratings; interobserver agreement between the readers was also assessed. RESULTS. Although the mean scores of overall image quality and anatomic delineation in ultrafast brain MR images were significantly lower than those in routine brain MR images, ultrafast brain MRI showed sufficient overall image quality and anatomic delineation with more than 2 points on the 4-point scale. CONCLUSION. The 1-minute ultrafast brain MRI protocol showed at least sufficient image quality compared with routine brain MRI. Therefore, 1-minute ultrafast brain MRI can be a viable first-line neuroimaging study for pediatric patients because of its shorter scan time, absence of radiation hazard, and reduced sedation requirements.
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