Low-cost high-resolution fast spin-echo MR of acoustic schwannoma: an alternative to enhanced conventional spin-echo MR?
Journal - AJNR. American journal of neuroradiology (UNITED STATES )
PURPOSE: To determine whether unenhanced high-resolution T2-weighted fast spin-echo MR imaging provides an acceptable and less expensive alternative to contrast-enhanced conventional T1-weighted spin-echo MR techniques in the diagnosis of acoustic schwannoma. METHODS: We reviewed in a blinded fashion the records of 25 patients with pathologically documented acoustic schwannoma and of 25 control subjects, all of whom had undergone both enhanced conventional spin-echo MR imaging and unenhanced fast spin-echo MR imaging of the cerebellopontine angle/internal auditory canal region. The patients were imaged with the use of a quadrature head receiver coil for the conventional spin-echo sequences and dual 3-inch phased-array receiver coils for the fast spin-echo sequences. RESULTS: The size of the acoustic schwannomas ranged from 2 to 40 mm in maximum dimension. The mean maximum diameter was 12 mm, and 12 neoplasms were less than 10 mm in diameter. Acoustic schwannoma was correctly diagnosed on 98% of the fast spin-echo images and on 100% of the enhanced conventional spin-echo images. Statistical analysis of the data using the kappa coefficient demonstrated agreement beyond chance between these two imaging techniques for the diagnosis of acoustic schwannoma. CONCLUSIONS: There is no statistically significant difference in the sensitivity and specificity of unenhanced high-resolution fast spin-echo imaging and enhance T1-weighted conventional spin-echo imaging in the detection of acoustic schwannoma. We believe that the unenhanced high-resolution fast spin-echo technique provides a cost-effective method for the diagnosis of acoustic schwannoma.
|ISSN : ||0195-6108|
|Mesh Heading : ||Adult Aged Aged, 80 and over Cerebellopontine Angle Ear, Inner Health Care Costs Humans Magnetic Resonance Imaging Middle Aged Neuroma, Acoustic Observer Variation economics|
|Mesh Heading Relevant : ||methods diagnosis|