The majority of spinal magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has been performed with spin-echo sequences and spoiled gradient-echo sequences. Advances in gradient MR imaging performance now permit imaging with coherent steady-state sequences. In this study, the authors compare a three-dimensional true fast imaging with steady-state precession sequence with a three-dimensional spoiled gradient-recalled-echo sequence for MR evaluation of the cervical spine in the transverse plane. Initial experience indicates that the steady-state sequence is superior to spoiled gradient-recalled echo sequences for MR evaluation of cervical spine anatomy and abnormalities.
- Magnetic resonance (MR), pulse sequences
- Spinal cord, MR
- Spine, MR
- Spine, anatomy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging