Objectives To elucidate the utility of PROPELLER for motion artefact reduction on shoulder MRI and to examine the influence of streak artefacts on diagnosis of clinical images. Methods 15 healthy volunteers and 48 patients underwent shoulder MRI with/without PROPELLER (coronal oblique proton density-fast spin echo [PD-FSE], sagittal oblique T2-FSE). In a volunteer study, all sequences were performed in both static and exercise-loaded conditions. Two radiologists graded artefacts and delineation of various anatomical structures in the volunteer study and motion and streak artefacts in the clinical study. Mean scores were compared between sequences with/without PROPELLER. In the clinical study, mean scores of motion artefacts were compared with mean scores of streak artefacts. Wilcoxon signed-rank test was used for all comparisons. Results In both studies, PROPELLER significantly reduced motion artefacts (P < 0.05). In the volunteer study, it significantly improved delineations in sagittal oblique images in the exercise-loaded condition (P < 0.05). In the clinical study, streak artefacts appeared dominantly on images with PROPELLER (P < 0.05), but influenced diagnosis to a lesser extent than motion artefacts. Conclusion PROPELLER can reduce motion artefacts in shoulder MRI. While it does cause streak artefacts, it affects diagnosis to a lesser extent.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging