Background: The purpose of the present study was to compare the image quality of spinal magnetic resonance (MR) imaging performed on a high-field horizontal open versus a short-bore MR scanner in a randomized controlled study setup. Methods: Altogether, 93 (80% women, mean age 53) consecutive patients underwent spine imaging after random assignement to a 1-T horizontal open MR scanner with a vertical magnetic field or a 1.5-T short-bore MR scanner. This patient subset was part of a larger cohort. Image quality was assessed by determining qualitative parameters, signal-tonoise (SNR) and contrast-to-noise ratios (CNR), and quantitative contour sharpness. Results: The image quality parameters were higher for short-bore MR imaging. Regarding all sequences, the relative differences were 39% for the mean overall qualitative image quality, 53% for the mean SNR values, and 34-37% for the quantitative contour sharpness (P<0.0001). The CNR values were also higher for images obtained with the short-bore MR scanner. No sequence was of very poor (nondiagnostic) image quality. Scanning times were significantly longer for examinations performed on the open MR scanner (mean: 32±22 min versus 20±9 min; P<0.0001). Conclusions: In this randomized controlled comparison of spinal MR imaging with an open versus a short-bore scanner, short-bore MR imaging revealed considerably higher image quality with shorter scanning times. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00715806 © 2013 Enders et al.
Enders, J., Rief, M., Zimmermann, E., Asbach, P., Diederichs, G., Wetz, C., … Dewey, M. (2013). High-field open versus short-bore magnetic resonance imaging of the spine: A randomized controlled comparison of image quality. PLoS ONE, 8(12). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0083427