Repeatability of ultrashort echo time-based two-component T2* measurements on cartilages in human knee at 3 T

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  • Yongxian Qian,

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    1. MR Research Center, Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    2. Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Ashley A. Williams,

    1. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Constance R. Chu,

    1. Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    2. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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  • Fernando E. Boada

    1. MR Research Center, Department of Radiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    2. Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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Abstract

Repeatability of in vivo measurement of multicomponent T2* relaxation in articular cartialges in human knee is important to clinical use. This study evaluated the repeatability of two-component T2* relaxation on seven healthy human subjects. The left knee was scanned once a day in three consecutive days, on a clinical 3T MRI scanner with eight-channel knee coil and ultrashort echo time pulse sequence at 11 echo times = 0.6–40 ms. The intrasubject and intersubject repeatability was evaluated via coefficient of variation (CV = standard deviation/mean) in four typical cartilage regions: patellar, anterior articular, femoral, and tibial regions. It was found that the intrasubject repeatability was good, with CV < 10% for the short- and long-T2* relaxation time in the layered regions in the four cartilages (with one exception) and CV < 13% for the component intensity fraction (with two exceptions). The intersubject repeatability was also good, with CV ∼8% (range 1–15%) for the short- and long-T2* relaxation time and CV ∼10% (range 2–20%) for the component intensity fraction. The long-T2* component showed significantly better repeatability (CV ∼8%) than the short-T2* component (CV∼12%) (P < 0.005). These CV values suggest that in vivo measurement of two-component T2* relaxation in the knee cartilages is repeatable on clinical scanner at 3 T, with a signal-to-noise ratio of 90. Magn Reson Med, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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