Evaluation of hydrocephalus patients with 3D-SPACE technique using variant FA mode at 3T
Acta Neurologica Belgica
169 - 178
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The major advantages of three-dimensional sampling perfection with application optimized contrasts using different flip-angle evolution (3D-SPACE) technique are its high resistance to artifacts that occurs as a result of radiofrequency or static field, the ability of providing images with sub-millimeter voxel size which allows obtaining reformatted images in any plane due to isotropic three-dimensional data with lower specific absorption rate values. That is crucial during examination of cerebrospinal-fluid containing complex structures, and the acquisition time, which is approximately 5 min for scanning of entire cranium. Recent data revealed that T2-weighted (T2W) 3D-SPACE with variant flip-angle mode (VFAM) imaging allows fast and accurate evaluation of the hydrocephalus patients during both pre- and post-operative period for monitoring the treatment. For a better assessment of these patients; radiologists and neurosurgeons should be aware of the details and implications regarding to the 3D-SPACE technique, and they should follow the updates in this field. There could be a misconception about the difference between T2W-VFAM and routine heavily T2W 3D-SPACE images. T2W 3D-SPACE with VFAM imaging is only a subtype of 3D-SPACE technique. In this review, we described the details of T2W 3D-SPACE with VFAM imaging and comprehensively reviewed its recent applications.