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Abstract #8155

MR Imaging Around Metal: Clinical Applications

Kathryn J Stevens1

1Radiology faculty, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA, United States

Metal implants are now commonplace in modern medicine. MRI evaluation of symptomatic patients with orthopedic hardware used to be severely limited by susceptibility artifact. However, recent advances in metal suppression techniques allow improved imaging around metal, making MRI effective for evaluation of patients with symptomatic implants, even at higher magnetic field strengths. This lecture will cover some of the common clinical applications of metal suppression MRI, particularly with respect to total hip and knee arthroplasties, and will also demonstrate the utility of metal suppression with respect to other implants and in the evaluation of patients with spinal hardware.

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