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Magn Reson Imaging. 1985;3(3):251-4.

The short TI inversion recovery sequence--an approach to MR imaging of the abdomen.


Initial clinical experience with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the abdomen using short TI inversion-recovery (STIR) pulse sequences is described and compared with X-ray CT in a variety of abdominal disease. The extent of abnormality shown with MRI was greater than that with CT in 21 of 30 cases and equal in 9 cases. Lesion contrast was greater with MRI in 15 cases, equal in 14 and less in 1. The level of artefact was equal in 27 cases and greater with MRI in 3 cases. The STIR pulse sequence has significant advantages in producing high soft-tissue contrast, controlling respiratory artefact, avoiding confusion with intra-abdominal fat and identifying bowel loops.

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