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Invest Radiol. 2003 Jul;38(7):423-7.

Comparison of multiple sclerosis lesions at 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla.

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Department of Neurology, Division of Brain Mapping, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the relative sensitivity of MR scanning for multiple sclerosis (MS) at 1.5 Tesla (T) and 3.0 T using identical acquisition conditions, as is typical of multicenter clinical trials.

METHODS:

Twenty-five subjects with MS were scanned at 1.5 T and 3.0 T using fast spin echo, and T(1)-weighted SPGR with and without gadolinium contrast injections. Image data, blinded to field strength, were analyzed using automated segmentation and lesion counting.

RESULTS:

Relative to scanning at 1.5 T, the 3.0 T scans showed a 21% increase in the number of detected contrast enhancing lesions, a 30% increase in enhancing lesion volume and a 10% increase in total lesion volume.

DISCUSSION:

The improved detection ability using high-field MR imaging is prominent even when sequence parameters are optimized around the midfield units. Multicenter trials using both 1.5 T and 3.0 T instruments may be affected by these sensitivity differences.

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