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Suitability of cerebrospinal fluid for a signal intensity reference on MRI: Evaluation of signal intensity variations in the lumbosacral dural sac
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Oncology, Radiology and Clinical Immunology. (RAD)
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1997 (English)In: Neuroradiology, ISSN 0028-3940, Vol. 39, no 10, 728-32 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The suitability of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the lumbosacral dural sac as an internal signal-intensity reference was studied on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the lumbar spine using a surface coil and motion artefact suppression technique. A signal-intensity reference is needed when signal is compared between images, studies or subjects. Homogeneity of the CSF was estimated visually on T2-weighted images of 60 subjects at 1.5 T and of another 60 subjects at 0.1 T. Spines with a severely narrowed dural sac or marked scoliosis were excluded from the study to avoid partial volume effect. CSF was homogeneous in 82% and 73% of the examinations at 1.5 T and 0.1 T, respectively. The type and location of the local inhomogeneities did not relate to local narrowings of the dural sac. The signal intensity of CSF was measured in 108 examinations at 0.1 T after correcting the spatially-dependent signal-intensity non-uniformities with a phantom-based method. The signal-intensity difference between the CSF in the upper and lower lumbar dural sac was less than 10% in 73% of the examinations. The CSF in the lumbosacral dural sac can be a useful signal-intensity reference for estimation of the signal of the adjacent structures in patients without severe narrowing of the dural sac or marked scoliosis. It may contribute to assessing spinal disease processes.

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1997. Vol. 39, no 10, 728-32 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-57600DOI: 10.1007/s002340050496PubMedID: 9351111OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-57600DiVA: diva2:85509
Available from: 2008-10-17 Created: 2008-10-17 Last updated: 2010-01-28Bibliographically approved

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