MRI of peripheral joints with a low-field dedicated system: A reliable and cost-effective alternative to high-field units?

B. Kersting-Sommerhoff, N. Hof, M. Lenz, P. Gerhardt

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Abstract

In the age of health care cost containment new imaging technology has to meet diagnostic requirements as well as economic limitations. In the MR sector new dedicated systems promise reliable diagnostic information at considerably lower costs than whole-body imagers. Within the past 18 months we have examined 2200 patients with acute and chronic lesions of peripheral joints (knee, ankle, foot, elbow, wrist, hand) in a 0.2T dedicated MR system (ARTOSCAN, Esaote Biomedica, Genoa, Italy). We report our experience with this system focusing on its special features, cost-effectiveness and on diagnostic accuracy of low-field MR studies of the knee in correlation with arthroscopy and in comparison with high-field whole-body imagers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)561-565
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Radiology
Volume6
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

Keywords

  • Dedicated MR system
  • Knee
  • Low-field MRI

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