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Establishing intra- and inter-vendor reproducibility of T₁ relaxation time measurements with 3T MRI

Lee, Y; Callaghan, MF; Acosta-Cabronero, J; Lutti, A; Nagy, Z; (2019) Establishing intra- and inter-vendor reproducibility of T₁ relaxation time measurements with 3T MRI. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine , 81 (1) pp. 454-465. 10.1002/mrm.27421. Green open access

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Abstract

PURPOSE: Parametric imaging methods (e.g., T1 relaxation time mapping) have been shown to be more reproducible across time and vendors than weighted (e.g., T1 -weighted) images. The purpose of this work was to more extensively evaluate the validity of this assertion. METHODS: Seven volunteers underwent twice-repeated acquisitions of variable flip-angle T1 mapping, including B1+ calibration, on a 3T Philips Achieva and 3T Siemens Trio scanner. Intra-scanner and inter-vendor T1 variability were calculated. To determine T1 reproducibility levels in longitudinal settings, or after changing hardware or software, four additional data sets were acquired from two of the participants; one participant was scanned on a different 3T Siemens Trio scanner and another on the same 3T Philips Achieva scanner but after a software upgrade. RESULTS: Intra-scanner variability of voxel-wise T1 values was consistent between the two vendors, averaging 0.7/0.7/1.3/1.4% in white matter/cortical gray matter/subcortical gray matter/cerebellum, respectively. We observed, however, a systematic bias between the two vendors of https://doi.org/10.0/7.8/8.6/10.0%, respectively. The T1 bias across two scanners of the same model was greater than intra-scanner variability, although still only at 1.4/1.0/1.9/2.3%, respectively. A greater bias was identified for data sets acquired before/after software upgrade in white matter/cortical gray matter (3.6/2.7%) whereas variability in subcortical gray matter/cerebellum was comparable (1.7/1.9%). CONCLUSION: We established intra- and inter-vendor reproducibility levels for a widely used T1 mapping protocol. We anticipate that these results will guide the design of multi-center studies, particularly those encompassing multiple vendors. Furthermore, this baseline level of reproducibility should be established or surpassed during the piloting phase of such studies.

Type: Article
Title: Establishing intra- and inter-vendor reproducibility of T₁ relaxation time measurements with 3T MRI
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/mrm.27421
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/mrm.27421
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: 3T, T1 relaxation, bias, multi-vendor, parametric imaging, reproducibility
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057243
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