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European Radiology

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 232–235 | Cite as

Indirect MR arthrography: techniques and applications

  • M. Vahlensieck
  • T. Sommer
  • J. Textor
  • D. Pauleit
  • P. Lang
  • H. K. Genant
  • H. H. Schild
Musculoskeletal radiology, Review article

Abstract

Indirect MR arthrography is a relatively new MR technique improving articular and periarticular contrast. It is achieved by injection of paramagnetic MR contrast media intravenously instead of intra-articular injection as in direct MR arthrography. After the injection exercising the joint results in considerable signal intensity increase within the joint cavity. Fat saturated MR sequences then yield arthrographic images. The method is less invasive than direct MR arthrography and first results showed comparable sensitivities and specificities for rotator cuff and glenoid labrum pathology. In this article the technique, established and potential future indications, drawbacks and limitations of the method are reviewed.

Key words: Indirect MR arthrography MR arthrography Joints MRI 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Vahlensieck
    • 1
  • T. Sommer
    • 1
  • J. Textor
    • 1
  • D. Pauleit
    • 1
  • P. Lang
    • 2
  • H. K. Genant
    • 2
  • H. H. Schild
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Radiology, University of Bonn, Sigmund-Freud-Strasse 25, D-53105 Bonn, GermanyGermany
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, University of California San Francisco, 505 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143, USAUSA

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