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Accelerating lumbar spine MRI with Compressed SENSE

Case Study
Sartoretti, Sabine, M.D. Institute of Radiology, Kantonsspital Winterthur • Switzerland

As soon as the Compressed SENSE technology became available to the MRI team at Kantonsspital Winterthur (Switzerland), the site started applying the acceleration possibilities for their MRI scans of the brain, spine and joints as well as pelvis and abdomen.


Using Compressed SENSE appeared a simple yet powerful way to accelerate MRI scanning for different contrast types and sequences, in 2D as well as 3D.

MR examination

3D T2 SpineVIEW with and without Compressed SENSE were compared for the lumbar spine.  

In this example the sequence with Compressed SENSE factor 7 has a 26% shorter scan time and improved spatial resolution simultaneously.

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Without Compressed SENSE     6:29 min. 3D T2 SpineVIEW, voxel size 1 x 1 x 1.4 mmWith Compressed SENSE    4:46 min. 3D T2 SpineVIEW, voxel size 0.8 x 0.8 x 1 mm<br>
Compressed SENSE factor 7
Without Compressed SENSE 6:29 min.
With Compressed SENSE 4:46 min.
3D T2 SpineVIEW, voxel size 1 x 1 x 1.4 mm
3D T2 SpineVIEW, voxel size 0.8 x 0.8 x 1 mm
Compressed SENSE factor 7




Impact of Compressed SENSE at Kantonsspital Winterthur


The significantly reduced scan times in different anatomies convinced the team to plan for adjusting all their ExamCards, with the objective to shorten patient timeslots and then actually plan for increasing their number of MRI patients per day.




FieldStrength article: Faster MRI throughout the whole body with Compressed SENSE





Results from case studies are not predictive of results in other cases. Results in other cases may vary.

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Apr 24, 2018

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Achieva 3.0T, Ingenia 1.5T
3D SpineVIEW, Compressed SENSE, dStream, Lumbar spine, Musculoskeletal, Neuro, Spine

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