Assessing the radiofrequency shielding effect of titanium mesh on diffusion-weighted imaging: a comparative study of the twice-refocused spin–echo and Stejskal–Tanner sequences

Eizaburo Imamura, Wataru Jomoto, Yasuo Takatsu, Takuya Enoki, Tsukasa Wakayama, Noriko Kotoura

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Abstract

This study compared twice-refocused spin–echo sequence (TRSE) and Stejskal–Tanner sequence (ST) to evaluate their respective effects on the image quality of magnetic resonance (MR) diffusion-weighted imaging in the presence of radiofrequency (RF) shielding effect of titanium mesh in cranioplasty. A 1.5-T MR scanner with a Head/Neck coil 20 channels and a phantom simulating the T2 and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) value of the human brain were used. Imaging was performed with and without titanium mesh placed on the phantom in TRSE and ST, and normalized absolute average deviation (NAAD), Dice similarity coefficient (DSC), and ADC values were calculated. The NAAD values were significantly lower for TRSE than for ST in the area below the titanium mesh, and the drop rates due to titanium mesh were 14.1% for TRSE and 9.8% for ST. The DSC values were significantly lower for TRSE than for ST. The ADC values were significantly higher for TRSE than for ST without titanium mesh. The ADC values showed no significant difference between TRSE and ST with titanium mesh. The ST had a lower RF shielding effect of titanium mesh than the TRSE.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Instrumentation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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