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AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 1990 Jan-Feb;11(1):9-15.

A comparison of default and reduced bandwidth MR imaging of the spine at 1.5 T.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, University of Rochester Medical Center, NY 14642.


The value of a reduced bandwidth MR imaging technique was tested prospectively in 51 spinal MR examinations by using default (16 kHz) bandwidth, 2000/30, 90 (TR/TEs) and 600/30, and reduced (8 kHz) bandwidth, 2000/48, 92 and 600/30, techniques at 1.5 T. Bandwidth reduction was used to maintain the signal-to-noise ratio for a reduced scan time. Concerns have been raised as to the effect of bandwidth reduction at high field, since a savings in time or an increased signal-to-noise ratio occur at the expense of increased chemical shift misregistration artifact. However, when appreciable, the chemical shift-related artifact in the spine was typically located in the frequency-encoding direction at the vertebral body/disk space interface or the dural sac/epidural fat interface in the lower lumbosacral region and was easily distinguished from pathologic lesions. There were no missed diagnoses with the reduced bandwidth technique. This study suggests that chemical shift-related artifact will rarely be confused with pathology by an experienced reader and suggests a clinical role for the bandwidth technique to decrease scanning time in uncooperative patients or to allow acquisition of additional imaging planes in a reasonable time.

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