Assessment of quiet T2 weighted PROPELLER sequence in pediatric abdominal imaging

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Introduction: Elevated acoustic noise during Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has been associated with patient anxiety and altered cochlear function. Acoustic Reduction Technique (ART) T2 weighted (T2w) periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction (PROPELLER) has been studied in brain MR but not abdominopelvic imaging. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the image quality and acoustic noise level of ART T2w PROPELLER sequence in comparison with the conventional T2w PROPELLER sequence in pediatric abdomino-pelvic imaging. Methods: Eleven consecutive pediatric patients undergoing abdomino-pelvic MRI were scanned on a 3 Tesla magnet using standard and ART T2w PROPELLER sequences. After scanning completion, objective sound level measurements were performed with a sound level meter and microphone. Mann-Whitney U test was used for a non-parametric two-tailed statistical analysis of acoustics, image rating and scan time with significance level set to 0.05. Overall inter-rater agreement was calculated using Cohen's kappa coefficient. Results: Eleven pediatric patients (4 females and 7 males) between 26 days and 18 years of age (mean = 10.0, SD = 5.8) were included. ART T2w produced lower levels of acoustic noise than standard technique in a comparison of mean decibel readings from eleven trials of standard and ART T2w (p value = 0.00008). Streak artifacts were rated greater in ART T2w by both raters (p-value = 0.00278 and 0.00252). There was no significant difference in bile duct blurring, respiratory ghosting, pulsation, fat suppression or hepatic parenchymal depiction. Conclusion: Presence of additional streaking artifacts should be considered along with the benefit of reduced acoustic noise from ART T2w.

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Zaccagnino, E., Devincent, C., Leelakanok, N., Phelps, A. S., Zapala, M., Worters, P. W., & Courtier, J. (2019). Assessment of quiet T2 weighted PROPELLER sequence in pediatric abdominal imaging. Clinical Imaging, 53, 12–16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinimag.2018.09.014

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