MR Imaging of total hip arthroplasty: Comparison among sequences to study the sciatic nerve at 1.5 T

Alberto Tagliafico, Andrea Podestà, Andrea Assini, Leonardo Boccacini, Giovanni Serafini, Massimo Calabrese, Carlo Martinoli

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Purpose: This study was done to test a series of MR sequences for evaluating the sciatic nerve after total hip arthroplasty (THA). Material and Methods: The study protocol was approved by the institutional review board. Informed consent was obtained from all patients. Twenty-five patients (11 men and 14 women mean age: 62.3±5.7 years) with THA were included in this prospective study. MRI protocol included sequences that were preliminarily tailored for nerve imaging in patients with THA: proton density (PD)-weighted turbo SE, T1-weighted turbo SE (TSE) 3 mm thickness, T1-weighted turbo SE (TSE) 6 mm thickness, T1-weighted turbo SE with high bandwidth (TSE hBW), T2- weighted TSE, T2-weighted with fat saturation and short-tau inversion recovery (STIR). For each sequence, we evaluated the visibility of the sciatic nerve using a semiquantitative score (0=total masking; 1=insufficient visibility; 2=sufficient visibility; 3=optimal visibility). The sum of the scores given to each sequence was divided by the maximal sum, obtaining a percentage visibility index. Friedman and sign tests were used for statistical analysis. Results: MR examination time was approximately 40 min. No patients reported pain, heat or symptoms related to nerve stimulation. The visibility index ranged between 88% and 70% for the first four sequences. The T1-weighted TSE hBW sequence had the best visibility index (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1319-1326
Number of pages8
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010


  • 1.5-T MRI
  • Total hip arthroplasty: Sciatic nerve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Biomedical Engineering


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