Rationale and Objectives. The purpose of this study was to prospectively evaluate a proton-density-weighted, three-dimensional (3D) volume fast spin-echo (SE) pulse sequence in the assessment of the lumbar spine for suspected spondylosis. Materials and Methods. Twenty-eight patients referred for low back or lower extremity pain were imaged with both a two-dimensional (2D) protocol and a proton-density-weighted 3D volume fast SE imaging. The spinal canal, conus medullaris, intervertebral disks, neural foramina, bone marrow, and spinal alignment shown with the 3D volume fast SE pulse sequence were independently assessed by two neuroradiologists. These findings were compared with those of the routine 2D studies. Results. Interpretation of disk protrusions and stenoses of the neural foramina were concordant between both protocols. No instance of cord abnormality was detected with either protocol. Conclusion. A 3D volume fast SE proton-density-weighted pulse sequence may provide information comparable to that of routine 2D imaging. Advantages of volume imaging include thinner sections, the capability of reconstruction into any plane, and the potential to decrease imaging time.
- Magnetic resonance (MR)
- Pulse sequences
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging