Optimization of MRI protocol for the musculoskeletal system

Hong Seon Lee, Young Han Lee, Inha Jung, Ok Kyu Song, Sungjun Kim, Ho Taek Song, Jin Suck Suh

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an essential modality for the diagnosis of musculoskeletal system defects because of its higher soft-tissue contrast and spatial resolution. With the recent development of MRI-related technology, faster imaging and various image plane reconstructions are possible, enabling better assessment of three-dimensional musculoskeletal anatomy and lesions. Furthermore, the image quality, diagnostic accuracy, and acquisition time depend on the MRI protocol used. Moreover, the protocol affects the efficiency of the MRI scanner. Therefore, it is important for a radiologist to optimize the MRI protocol. In this review, we will provide guidance on patient positioning; selection of the radiofrequency coil, pulse sequences, and imaging planes; and control of MRI parameters to help optimize the MRI protocol for the six major joints of the musculoskeletal system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-40
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of the Korean Society of Radiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan

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  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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