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Cardiovasc Intervent Radiol. 1996 Sep-Oct;19(5):335-40.

Visualization of magnetic resonance-compatible needles at 1.5 and 0.2 Tesla.

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Medizinische Universität zu Lübeck, Institut für Radiologie, Ratzeburger Allee 160, D-23538 Lübeck, Germany.



For two types of passively visualizable magnetic resonance (MR)-compatible needles, the size of susceptibility artifacts was investigated at 0.2 and 1.5 Tesla (T) and assessed regarding their suitability for needle visualization.


Phantom trials were performed using T1-weighted spin echo (SE), turbospin echo (TSE) and gradient echo (GE) sequences and different angles beta between the needles and the main magnetic field (B0).


Depending on the needle angle beta and the applied pulse sequence, we found artifact diameters of 0-9.7 mm employing SE, of 1.7-9.4 mm employing TSE, and of 1.4-20.6 mm employing GE at 1.5 T. At 0.2 T, we found artifact diameters of 0-5.7 mm employing SE, of 0-6.3 mm employing TSE, and of 0-11.3 mm employing GE.


Comparing artifact sizes at 1. 5 T and 0.2 T, low field strength is superior for passive visualization of the needles tested-especially if GE imaging is performed.

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