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Radiology. 1989 Sep;172(3):771-5.

Reduced-bandwidth MR imaging of the head at 1.5 T1.

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


A decrease in the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging bandwidth can be used to increase the signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) at constant imaging time or to maintain the S/N for reduction of imaging time. The effect of bandwidth reduction from the default value of 16 kHz to 8 kHz was evaluated prospectively in 50 patients referred for MR imaging of the head. On intermediate (2,000/30 [repetition time msec/echo time msec]) and more T2-weighted (2,000/90) studies, there were no definite missed diagnoses and no diagnostically important changes in lesion characteristics when the reduced-bandwidth technique was used to obtain half- or quarter-time studies, excluding differences attributable to unintentional changes in patient position between image acquisitions. Chemical shift misregistration artifacts associated with reduced bandwidth are easily recognized with experience and do not interfere with diagnosis, as the artifacts occur in characteristic locations and diminish in most anatomic locations with increasing echo time. This study suggests the feasibility of reduced-bandwidth techniques in clinical MR imaging of the head at high field strength to achieve an increased S/N, to decrease imaging time, or to obtain images in additional projections.

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