Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

New MR Sequence Helps Radiologists More Accurately Evaluate Abnormalities Of The Uterus And Ovaries

Date:
April 23, 2009
Source:
American Roentgen Ray Society
Summary:
A new MR imaging sequence, T2-weighted BLADE, used to image the female pelvis improves image quality and helps radiologists make a more accurate diagnosis, according to a study performed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.

A new MR imaging sequence, T2-weighted BLADE, used to image the female pelvis improves image quality and helps radiologists make a more accurate diagnosis, according to a study performed at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD.

A total of 26 patients were imaged using both fast spin echo MR and sagittal T2-weighted BLADE imaging. “The traditional type of image sequence, T2 fast spin echo, is sensitive to motion related both to the patient’s breathing and movement of the bowel, which can introduce artifacts which degrade the quality of the images,” said Barton F. Lane, MD, lead author of the study. “We found that the new imaging sequence, BLADE, did a better job of depicting the anatomy of the uterus, ovaries and uterine tumors than did the traditional T2 fast spin echo sequence. It also significantly reduced respiratory artifacts. Radiologists were given a score sheet to grade motion artifact and anatomic detail on a 1-5 scale, with higher numbers representing less artifact or better image quality. For respiratory motion, the average score for BLADE versus T2 fast spin echo was 4.4 versus 3.0; for depiction of the ovaries, 3.5 versus 3.1; and for detection of fibroids, 3.9 versus 3.6,” he said.

“Women are referred for MRI of the pelvis for a number of reasons. It is important for the evaluation of uterine leiomyomas (fibroids) and ovarian and uterine cancers. Because it does not use radiation, it can be used in pregnant patients to evaluate causes of pelvic pain, such as appendicitis. Any anatomic abnormalities of the uterus and ovaries, which can be secondary to congenital defects, prior surgery, infection or injury are also best identified with MRI,” said Dr. Lane.

“The benefit of using the BLADE technique is that the image quality is superior, meaning that the radiologist will potentially be able to make a more accurate diagnosis for the patient. Also, because it reduces the problems with motion degrading the image quality, it can shorten the time of the MRI scan as sequences will not have to be repeated,” he said.

“This study provides objective evidence that this new technology is beneficial,” said Dr. Lane.

This study will be presented at the 2009 ARRS Annual Meeting in Boston, MA, on Wednesday, April 29.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by American Roentgen Ray Society. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

American Roentgen Ray Society. "New MR Sequence Helps Radiologists More Accurately Evaluate Abnormalities Of The Uterus And Ovaries." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 April 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090423132948.htm>.
American Roentgen Ray Society. (2009, April 23). New MR Sequence Helps Radiologists More Accurately Evaluate Abnormalities Of The Uterus And Ovaries. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090423132948.htm
American Roentgen Ray Society. "New MR Sequence Helps Radiologists More Accurately Evaluate Abnormalities Of The Uterus And Ovaries." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090423132948.htm (accessed April 23, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Big Pharma Braces for M&A Wave

Big Pharma Braces for M&A Wave

Reuters - Business Video Online (Apr. 22, 2014) Big pharma on the move as Novartis boss, Joe Jimenez, tells Reuters about plans to transform his company via an asset exchange with GSK, and Astra Zeneca shares surge on speculation that Pfizer is looking for a takeover. Joanna Partridge reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
How Smaller Plates And Cutlery Could Make You Feel Fuller

How Smaller Plates And Cutlery Could Make You Feel Fuller

Newsy (Apr. 22, 2014) NBC's "Today" conducted an experiment to see if changing the size of plates and utensils affects the amount individuals eat. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
How to Master Motherhood With the Best Work/Life Balance

How to Master Motherhood With the Best Work/Life Balance

TheStreet (Apr. 22, 2014) In the U.S., there are more than 11 million couples trying to conceive at any given time. From helping celebrity moms like Bethanny Frankel to ordinary soon-to-be-moms, TV personality and parenting expert, Rosie Pope, gives you the inside scoop on mastering motherhood. London-born entrepreneur Pope is the creative force behind Rosie Pope Maternity and MomPrep. She explains why being an entrepreneur offers the best life balance for her and tips for all types of moms. Video provided by TheStreet
Powered by NewsLook.com
Catching More Than Fish: Ugandan Town Crippled by AIDS

Catching More Than Fish: Ugandan Town Crippled by AIDS

AFP (Apr. 22, 2014) The village of Kasensero on the shores of Lake Victoria was where HIV-AIDS was first discovered in Uganda. Its transient population of fishermen and sex workers means the nationwide programme to combat the virus has had little impact. Duration: 02:30 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins