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High resolution MRI shows olivary nuclei in pediatric medulla

Case Study
Arrigoni, Filippo, M.D. E. Medea Research Institute • Italy

Patient history

A 6.5-year-old male suffering from headache presented for an MR examination.

MR examination

The examination was performed using the Achieva 3.0T with 32-channel SENSE Head coil.


High resolution: Voxel 0.3 x 0.3 x 1.1 mm, TR 5600 ms, TE 15ms, scan time 21 min.
High resolution: Voxel 0.43 x 0.43 x 3 mm, TR 4100 ms, TE 82 ms, scan time 8:30 min.

MR results

Normal medulla. The high resolution images (top row) clearly show both olivary nuclei in the medulla (white arrows). With a slightly lower resolution (bottom row) the olivary nuclei can’t be recognized.

Clinical impact of using Achieva 3.0T with 32-channel SENSE Head coil

This configuration allowed us to easily visualize the olivary nuclei in the medulla, a very small structure that can't be visualized with normal resolution.

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Case Study
Achieva 3.0T
Brain, Medulla, Neuro, Olivari Nuclei, Pediatric, SENSE Head coil 32

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