The effect of cross-talk on MRI lesion numbers and volumes in multiple sclerosis using conventional and turbo spin-echo

Massimo Filippi, Tarek A. Yousry, Maria A. Rocca, Clodoaldo Pereira, Hatem Alkadhi, Giancarlo Comi

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Abstract

We measured and compared lesion numbers and volumes present on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) acquired with contiguous (scheme A) and interleaved (scheme B) slice acquisition, to evaluate whether there was a gain in sensitivity using the second pattern of acquisition and whether this counterbalanced the doubled acquisition time. Conventional spin-echo (CSE) sequences were performed for eight patients and turbo spin-echo (TSE) sequences for ten. Acquisition scheme B detected 3.8% more lesions than acquisition scheme A (the increase was 3.1% for CSE and 4.5% for TSE). These differences were not statistically significant. No significant difference in lesion numbers was found when different lesion locations were also considered. Lesion volumes were significantly higher when scheme B was used (P = 0.024). This was due to higher lesion volumes on TSE images (P = 0.006), especially on even-numbered slices (P = 0.008). Inter-slice cross-talk has a negligible effect on lesion numbers and volume estimates in MS for CSE sequence, whilst it cannot be negleted when TSE sequences are used to measure MS lesion volume.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-474
Number of pages4
JournalMultiple Sclerosis Journal
Volume4
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Keywords

  • Cross-talk
  • Lesion volumes
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Multiple sclerosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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