Musculoskeletal imaging at 3T: Current techniques and future applications

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MSK MR imaging applications are making the transition rapidly from 1.5T to 3T. Initial experience in the knee suggests that the higher SNR provides technical improvement in routine clinical imaging with the potential for greater accuracy in the diagnosis of articular cartilage injury. Similarly, initial experience with 3T MR imaging in the evaluation of the hip and small joints of the hand and wrist has been positive. In other joints, clinical development has been limited by the lack of availability of dedicated surface coils, and sensitivity of 3T MR imaging to artifact. The clinical impact of this technology remains uncertain because no published controlled clinical trial has evaluated the impact of 3T MR imaging on diagnostic outcomes. In addition to clinical application, 3T MR imaging has an important role for furthering translational research in MSK diseases through the development of new molecular and functional MR imaging techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-76
Number of pages14
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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