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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 839--843

Detection of brain lesions at the skull base using diffusion-weighted imaging with readout-segmented echo-planar imaging and generalized autocalibrating partially parallel acquisitions


1 Department of Radiology, The Sixth Affiliated People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
2 Siemens Healthcare, MR Collaboration NE Asia, Shanghai, China

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Wen-Bin Li
Department of Radiology, The Sixth Affiliated People's Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No. 600, Yi Shan Road, Shanghai 200233
China
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.91361

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Objective: To analyze the value of readout-segmented echo-planar imaging (rs-EPI) with parallel imaging and a two-dimensional (2D) navigator-based reacquisition technique in the detection of brain lesions at the skull base. Materials and Methods: A total of 54 patients (male 37, female 17) with suspected skull-base intracranial lesions underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including pre-T1 weighted imaging, T2-weighted imaging, Fluid Attenuated Inversion Recovery (FLAIR), standard single shot echo-planar imaging diffusion weighted imaging (ss-EPI DWI) and rs-EPI DWI, post-contrast T1-weighted. The total number of lesions and the number of lesions at different sites on all MRI sequences were used as reference measures. Then differences in detecting lesions and image quality between standard ss-EPI DWI and rs-EPI DWI were analyzed. Results: There was a significant difference in the total number of lesions detected by rs-EPI DWI and standard ss-EPI DWI (P = 0.01). But this difference was mainly due to an improved ability of rs-EPI DWI to detect lesions located in the anterior cranial fossa, compared to ss-EPI DWI (P=0.02); the ability of ss-EPI and rs-EPI DWI to detect lesions in the middle cranial fossa and posterior cranial fossa was not significantly different (P = 0.471, P = 0.486, respectively). For image quality, rs-EPI images were significantly better than standard ss-EPI DWI images (P<0.001). Conclusion: The rs-EPI DWI technique is a useful tool for the detection and evaluation of lesions located at the skull base.






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