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3.0T Routine elbow - Mayne Clinical Research Imaging Centre

Shnier, Ron, M.D. Symbion Research Clinical Imaging Center Australia
Hughes, Kathleen Symbion Research Clinical Imaging Center Australia

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Routine evaluation of the elbow in case of e.g. clinical history of pain, neuropathic symptoms from the adjacent nerves, swelling, trauma, dislocation, or known fractures. Elbow MRI examinations can provide assessment of the peri-articular ligaments and tendons, synovial membrane, adjacent nerves including their anatomical "canals", bone and articular cartilage damage. Evaluation of the interosseus membrane is also possible.

ExamCard overview

Scan 1Survey 1
Scan 2Survey 2 (mst)
Scan 3Ref Flex M
Scan 4T2 SPAIR (cor)
Scan 5PDW (cor)
Scan 6T2 SPAIR (ax)
Scan 7T1W (ax)
Scan 8T2 SPAIR (sag)

ExamCard images

T2 SPAIR (cor) PDW (cor) T2 SPAIR (ax)
T2 SPAIR (cor)
PDW (cor)
T2 SPAIR (ax)
T1W (ax) T2 SPAIR (sag)
T1W (ax)
T2 SPAIR (sag)

Patient preparation

Position the patient supine.

Elbow is down at the side with palm surface facing up ward.

The Flex M coil is positioned anterior and posterior over the elbow.


Survey 1 uses the Quad Body coil with transverse images for general localization at large slice thickness and 400 FOV. Off-center is set to 90-100. If elbow is not within this FOV move the patient to place elbow more toward isocenter.


For survey 2 select the Flex M coil.

Survey 2 contains 3 planes imaging with smaller slice thickness and 5-7 slices per plane to fully visualize the elbow joint. Check survey images for accurate coil positioning in all three planes and that the joint is easily visible on all three planes.

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Intera 3.0T
Release 10, Release 11
Master / Quasar Dual
Elbow, Musculoskeletal

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