The purpose of this study was to compare the contrast between radiofrequency (RF) thermal liver lesions and surrounding tissue in T2-weighted turbo spin-echo sequences (TSE T2), short T1 inversion recovery techniques (STIR), and contrast-enhanced (CE) T1-weighted spin-echo images. Nineteen RF thermal ablations were performed on eight patients with metastatic liver tumors. After ablation, contrast-to-noise ratios (CNRs) were calculated between mean signal amplitudes from three regions of interest (ROI) (lesion, surrounding edema, and normal tissue) using TSE T2-weighted, STIR, and contrast-enhanced T1-weighted (CE T1) sequences for each lesion. CHRs between the thermal lesion and normal liver tissue for both TSE T2-weighted (mean 0.9) and STIR (2.0) images were significantly lower than for CE T1-weighted (8.4) images (t-test, α = 0.05). However, CNRs between edema rim and the core of the thermal lesion for both TSE T2-weighted (8.1) and STIR images (7.2) were not significantly different (t-test, α = 0.05) from CHRs between lesion and normal tissue for CE T1-weighted images (8.4), nor was the CNR between edema rim and normal tissue for both TSE T2-weighted (10.3) and STIR (9.8) images. Although the edema was not visible on CE T1-weighted images, 18 of 19 lesions (94.7%) were surrounded by a hyparintense rim on TSE T2-weighted or STIR images. Both TSE T2-weighted and STIR sequences represent valid techniques for repeatable assessment of RF thermal lesions. (C) 2000 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging|
|State||Published - Oct 17 2000|
- Interstitial thermotherapy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging