Reproducibility of dGEMRIC in assessment of hip joint cartilage: a prospective study

Bittersohl, B; Hosalkar, HS; Haamberg, T; Kim, YJ; Werlen, S; Siebenrock, KA; Mamisch, TC (2009). Reproducibility of dGEMRIC in assessment of hip joint cartilage: a prospective study. Journal of magnetic resonance imaging, 30(1), pp. 224-8. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley Interscience 10.1002/jmri.21822

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PURPOSE: To investigate the reproducibility of dGEMRIC in the assessment of cartilage health of the adult asymptomatic hip joint. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifteen asymptomatic volunteers (mean age, 26.3 years +/- 3.0) were preliminarily studied. Any volunteer that was incidentally diagnosed with damaged cartilage on MRI (n = 5) was excluded. Ten patients that had no evidence of prior cartilage damage (mean age, 26.2 years +/- 3.4) were evaluated further in this study. The reproducibility of dGEMRIC was assessed with two T1(Gd) exams performed 4 weeks apart in these volunteers. The protocol involved an initial standard MRI to confirm healthy cartilage, which was then followed by dGEMRIC. The second scan included only the repeat dGEMRIC. Region of interest (ROI) analyses for T1(Gd)-measurement was performed in seven radial reformats. Statistical analysis included the student's t-test and intra-class correlation (ICC) measurement to assess reproducibility. RESULTS: Overall 70 ROIs were studied. Mean cartilage T1(Gd) values at various loci ranged from 560.9 ms to 684.4 ms at the first set of readings and 551.5 ms to 662.2 ms in the second one. The mean difference per region of interest between the two T1(Gd)-measurements ranged from 21.4 ms (3.7%) to 45.0 ms (6.8%), which was not found to be statistically significant (P = 0.153). There was a high reproducibility detected (ICC range, 0.667-0.915). Intra- and Inter-observer analyses proved a high agreement for T1(Gd) assessment (0.973 and 0.932). CONCLUSION: We found dGEMRIC to be a reliable tool in the assessment of cartilage health status in adult hip joints.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Orthopaedic, Plastic and Hand Surgery (DOPH) > Clinic of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Bittersohl, Bernd, Siebenrock, Klaus-Arno, Mamisch, Tallal Charles






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04 Oct 2013 15:09

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