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Magn Reson Med. 2007 Aug;58(2):402-6.

Quantitative imaging of cartilage morphology at 3.0 Tesla in the presence of gadopentate dimeglumine (Gd-DTPA).

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  • 1Institute of Anatomy and Musculoskeletal Research, Paracelsus Private University, Salzburg, Austria.


MRI-based cartilage morphometry was previously validated in the absence of gadopentate dimeglumine (Gd-DTPA). However, Gd-DTPA is required for compositional (proteoglycan) imaging using delayed gadolinium-enhanced MRI of cartilage (dGEMRIC). Therefore, the effect of Gd-DTPA on cartilage morphometry was studied. A total of 165 female participants (67 with and 98 without osteoarthritis [OA]) were imaged at 3.0 Tesla before and 2 hr after intravenous Gd-DTPA injection. Flip angles in post-Gd-DTPA scans varied between 12 degrees and 35 degrees . Cartilage volume and thickness of post- vs. pre-Gd-DTPA scans showed intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs) of 0.85 > or = r > or = 0.95, mean differences between -2.1% and +1.1%, and standard deviations (SDs) of differences between 4.7% and 9.2%. Mixed-effect models found no consistent impact of flip angle and OA status on post- vs. pre-Gd-DTPA differences. Accurate morphological measurements of cartilage can be obtained after Gd-DTPA injection, allowing compositional and morphological imaging to be combined into one session.

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