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Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Carcinoma of the Urinary by Jelle O. Barentsz

By Jelle O. Barentsz

Carcinoma of the urinary bladder is a typical (in america it's the 5th most typical kind of melanoma in men and 10th commonest kind of melanoma in women) malignan­ cy and one within which noninvasive staging via imaging performs such a massive position. This ebook provides an entire method of MR imaging of carcinoma of the urinary bladder from an in depth dialogue of the worth of MRI within the analysis of the urinary bladder to the heritage of the approach. The technical dialogue of the overall ideas of MRI together with the optimum pulse sequences for use and elements that effect the standard of pictures are integrated during this ebook. the security elements also are awarded besides contraindications. the applying of a double floor coil with the sphere energy of O.5T presents the top of the range of the illustrations. The atlas of comparative anatomy by way of MRI on general volunteers and post-mo'rtem specimens in addition to MR pictures on sufferers with bladder tumors and post-surgery specimens is exclusive. the result of the scientific imaging stu­ dies in sufferers with carcinoma of the bladder, evaluating the relative worth of scientific staging, MR, CT and lymphography, are worthy in displaying some great benefits of MRI.

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Inversion recovery pulse sequence An advantage of the IR sequence is the fact that the T 1 factor has a range stretching from -1 to + 1 (depending on the TI and TR values set). This range is twice as large as the maximum range of the SE sequence. This can enhance T 1 contrasts between tissues. In other words: the T 1 weighting in IR images can exceed its influence in SE images. Usually, the IR sequence is used to obtain very strongly Tl weighted recordings. For this purpose, a TI of about 450 ms must be chosen, while the TR should be at least 1500 ms.

E. the SE/1600-2100156-240 sequences) are recommended for differentiation of tumor from bladder wall (prostate) and tumor from urine. Here, the TE is on average 100 ms. It is quite feasible to distinguish between tumor and urine on both TI- and T2-weighted SE-images. 5 T). 4, T I increases with field strength,28 while T 2 is independent of it. MR images made at higher field strengths have a less strong T I effect at the same sequence parameters. Consequently, the TIweighted MR images made at higher field strength are less TI- weighted than images made at lower field strength, and T 2 weighted images made at hig- her field strenght are more T 2 weighted.

As the distance between the signal source (patient) and the receiver coil diminishes, the signal-to-noise ratio and thus the quality of the image improves. 132 Coils that 44 TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF MRI t TE 60 45 30 15 250 500 1000 TR Fig. 3-13. Synthetic imaging for SE sequences. TE variation: \5-30-45-60 ms; TR variation 250-500-1000 ms. 45 TECHNICAL ASPECTS OF MRI t T 180 120 90 60 2000 3000 4000 TR Fig. 3-14. Synthetic imaging for SE sequences. TE variation: 60-90-120-180 ms; TR variation: 2000-3000-4000 ms.

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