Introduction. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging showed high reliability in detecting spine metastases with spin-echo (SE) sequences, T1-weighted sequences being generally more sensitive than T2-weighted ones. We investigated the value of T2 *-weighted gradient-echo (GE) sequences in studying spine metastases. Materials and methods. Twenty patients with established diagnosis of primary carcinoma and clinically suspected thoracic and/or lumbosacral spine metastases underwent .5-T MR imaging and 99mTc-HDP bone scan.The disagreement of GET2 *- versus SET2-weighted images as well as versus bone scan and the disagreement of total MR results versus bone scan results were evaluated by McNemar test, The agreement of GET2 *- versus SET1-weighted images was evaluated by Cohen's kappa. Results. Of a total of 111 MR signal abnormalities consistent with metastasis, 109 (98.2%) were T2 *-hyperintense, whereas only 50 (45.1%) were T2-hyperintense (p<.0001) and 51 (45.9%) were detected with bone scan (p<.0001). Of a total of 121 MR and/or bone scan findings consistent with metastasis. 111 (91.7%) were MR positive, with high disagreement with 61 (50.4%) positive at bone scan (p<.00001). T2 *-hyperintensity associated with T1-hypointensity (with or without T2-hyperintensity) was the most frequent pattern (104/111, 93.7%). Conclusions. T2 *-weighted GE sequences seem to be more effective than T2-weighted SE sequences and as effective as T1-weighted SE sequences. MR imaging confirms its ability in detecting abnormalities consistent with spine metastases.
|Titolo:||Ruolo delle sequenze di risonanza magnetica gradient-echo T2-pesate nello studio delle sospette metastasi vertebrali dorsolombosacrali|
|Parole Chiave:||MRI sequences, comparative studies; Spine, MRI; Spine, radionuclide studies; Spine, secondary neoplasms|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore MED/36 - Diagnostica per Immagini e Radioterapia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1997|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|