Comparison of fat-suppressed T2-weighted fast spin-echo sequence and modified STIR sequence in the evaluation of the rotator cuff tendon

Richard Kijowski, Joshua M. Farber, Jorge Medina, William Morrison, Jun Ying, Kenneth Buckwalter

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE. This study was performed to determine whether a modified version of the classic STIR sequence provides similar information about the integrity of the rotator cuff tendon as the commonly used fat-suppressed T2-weighted fast spin-echo sequence. SUBJECTS AND METHODS. Sixty-one consecutive MRI examinations of the shoulder in 57 patients were performed using a coronal oblique T1-weighted spin-echo sequence, a modified version of the STIR sequence, and a fat-suppressed T2-weighted fast spin-echo sequence. Three reviewers independently assessed the rotator cuff tendon using the coronal oblique modified inversion recovery sequence and T1-weighted spin-echo sequence. After a minimum of 4 weeks, reviewers assessed the rotator cuff tendon using the fat-suppressed T2-weighted fast spin-echo sequence and T1-weighted spin-echo sequence. The kappa statistic was used to measure the degree of concordance between interpretations when each sequence was used independently. The conditional probability that a full- and a partial-thickness tear would be diagnosed on both sequences was calculated. Image quality was assessed in a side-by-side comparison. RESULTS. The overall weighted kappa score was 0.82, which indicates excellent concordance between the two sequences. If a full-thickness tear of the rotator cuff tendon was found on the fat-suppressed T2-weighted fast spin-echo sequence, there was a 94.1% probability that the same conclusion would be reached using the modified inversion recovery sequence. If a partial-thickness tear was found on the tat-suppressed T2-weighted fast spin-echo sequence, there was an 80.3% probability that the same conclusion would be reached with the modified inversion recovery sequence. Fat suppression in the modified inversion recovery sequence was superior to that in the T2-weighted fast spin-echo sequence in 26-39% of the examinations. CONCLUSION. The modified inversion recovery sequence and fat-suppressed T2-weighted fast spin-echo sequence provide similar information about the integrity of the rotator cuff tendon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-378
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume185
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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