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Assessment of normal values of fractional anisotropy and mean diffusivity of mobile lumbar spine roots by diffuson tensor MRI: comparison between 1.5 and 3T.

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J. Lincot ,

Department of Radiology, Bichat-Claude Bernard University Hospital, Paris., FR
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J. P. Laissy,

Service de Radiologie, CHU Bichat – Claude Bernard, Paris. Faculté de Médecine Xavier Bichat, Université Paris 7., FR
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A. Hess,

Service de Radiologie, CHU Bichat – Claude Bernard, Paris. Faculté de Médecine Xavier Bichat, Université Paris 7., FR
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V. Balbi,

Service de Radiologie Ostéo-Articulaire, CHRU Roger Salengro, Lille. Faculté de Médecine, Université Lille 2., FR
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E. Schouman-Claeys,

Service de Radiologie, CHU Bichat – Claude Bernard, Paris. Faculté de Médecine Xavier Bichat, Université Paris 7., FR
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A. Cotten,

Service de Radiologie Ostéo-Articulaire, CHRU Roger Salengro, Lille. Faculté de Médecine, Université Lille 2., FR
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B. Dallaudière

Service de Radiologie, CHU Bichat – Claude Bernard, Paris. Faculté de Médecine Xavier Bichat, Université Paris 7. Service de Radiologie Ostéo-Articulaire, CHRU Roger Salengro, Lille. Faculté de Médecine, Université Lille 2, 5. Inserm U698, CHU Bichat – Claude Bernard, Paris, France., FR
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Abstract

Purpose: To assess the normal values of fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) of L4, L5 and S1 nerve roots using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) in healthy volunteers. Materials and methods: 37 subjects without previous history of lumbalgia or radiculalgia were prospectively examined: 27 at 1.5T and 10 at 3T MRI. The protocol included standard anatomical sequences and a DTI acquisition. Nerve root fibers were semi automatically extracted from DTI tractography. FA and MD values were measured at 4 key portions along each L4, L5 and S1 nerve roots. Results: At 1.5T MRI, FA and MD were 0.221 ± 0.011 and 460.9 ± 35.5 mm2.s-1 respectively; at 3T MRI, FA and MD were 0.216 ± 0.01 and 480.1 ± 36.1 mm2.s-1 respectively, which may be considered as normal values for mobile lumbar spine nerve roots, independently of intersomatic space level (p = 0.06) and nerve root portion (p = 0.08) or magnetic field (p = 0.06). Conclusion: Normal FA and MD values can be measured along lumbar mobile spine nerve roots in healthy subjects. These values were not dependent on intersomatic space level, side or anatomical portion of the nerve root or magnetic field.
How to Cite: Lincot, J. et al., (2015). Assessment of normal values of fractional anisotropy and mean diffusivity of mobile lumbar spine roots by diffuson tensor MRI: comparison between 1.5 and 3T.. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 98(2), pp.68–71. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.768
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Published on 01 Apr 2015.
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