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Multi Angle Oblique
The multi angle oblique technique gives the ability to display anatomical structures in a variety of planes from the data acquired in just one MRI scan. This technique is useful, for example in lumbar spine MRI obtaining images of each intervertebral disc, individually oriented at a different angle, to better recognize herniation or to compare degenerative changes.
This technique is more difficult in the cervical spine MRI region because of the small vertebra and therefore a short distance between the multi angle oblique planes. In case of too short distance or overlapping slices the crosstalk (artifact) destroys the signal with reduced image quality.
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the spine is a noninvasive procedure to evaluate different types of tissue, including the spinal cord, vertebral disks and spaces between the vertebrae through which the nerves travel, as well as distinguish healthy tissue from diseased tissue.
The cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine MRI should be scanned in individual sections. The scan protocol parameter like e.g. the field of view (FOV), slice thickness and matrix are usually different for cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine MRI, but the method is similar. The standard views in the basic spinal MRI scan to create detailed slices (cross sections) are sagittal T1 weighted and T2 weighted images over the whole body part, and transverse (e.g. multi angle oblique) over the region of interest with different pulse sequences according to the result of the sagittal slices. Additional views or different types of pulse sequences like fat suppression, fluid attenuation inversion recovery (FLAIR) or diffusion weighted imaging are created dependent on the indication.
Neurological deficit, evidence of radiculopathy, cauda equina compression
Primary tumors or drop metastases
Infection/inflammatory disease, multiple sclerosis
Postoperative evaluation of lumbar spine: disk vs. scar
Evaluation of syrinx
Localized back pain with no radiculopathy (leg pain)

Contrast enhanced MRI techniques delineate infections vs. malignancies, show a syrinx cavity and support to differentiate the postoperative conditions. After surgery for disk disease, significant fibrosis can occur in the spine. This scarring can mimic residual disk herniation. Magnetic resonance myelography evaluates spinal stenosis and various intervertebral discs can be imaged with multi angle oblique techniques. Cine series can be used to show true range of motion studies of parts of the spine. Advanced open MRI devices are developed to perform positional scans in the position of pain or symptom (e.g. Upright™ MRI formerly Stand-Up MRI).
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Newer Sequences for Spinal MR Imaging: Smorgasbord or Succotash of Acronyms?
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Landmark Independent Study by UCLA School of Medicine Reports Comparison of Dynamic™ Upright® MRI With Static Upright MRI in More Than 1,000 Patients (1,302):
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Lumbar spine MRI limited in diagnosing ankylosing spondylitis
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Lumbar Spine MRI
MRI of the lumbar spine, with its multiplanar 3 dimensional imaging capability, is currently the preferred modality for establishing a diagnosis. MRI scans and magnetic resonance myelography have many advantages compared with computed tomography and/or X-ray myelography in evaluating the lumbar spine. MR imaging scans large areas of the spine without ionizing radiation, is noninvasive, not affected by bone artifacts, provides vascular imaging capability, and makes use of safer contrast agents (gadolinium chelate).
Due to the high level of tissue contrast resolution, nerves and discs are clearly visible. MRI is excellent for detecting degenerative disease in the spine. Lumbar spine MRI accurately shows disc disease (prolapsed disc or slipped disc), the level at which disc disease occurs, and if a disc is compressing spinal nerves. Lumbar spine MRI depicts soft tissues, including the cauda equina, spinal cord, ligaments, epidural fat, subarachnoid space, and intervertebral discs. Loss of epidural fat on T1 weighted images, loss of cerebrospinal fluid signal around the dural sac on T2 weighted images and degenerative disc disease are common features of lumbar stenosis.

Common indications for MRI of the lumbar spine:
Neurologic deficits, evidence of radiculopathy, acute spinal cord compression (e.g., sudden bowel/bladder disturbance)
Suspected systemic disorders (primary tumors, drop metastases, osteomyelitis)
Postoperative evaluation of lumbar spine: disk vs. scar
Localized back pain with no radiculopathy (leg pain)
Lumbar spine imaging requires a special spine coil. often used whole spine array coils have the advantage that patients do not need other positioning if also upper parts of the spine should be scanned. Sagittal T1 and T2 weighted FSE sequences are the standard views. With multi angle oblique techniques individually oriented transverse images of each intervertebral disc at different angles can be obtained.

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 Anatomic Imaging of the Lumbar Spine  Open this link in a new window

Courtesy of  Robert R. Edelman


• View the DATABASE results for 'Lumbar Spine MRI' (6).Open this link in a new window

Further Reading:
Lumbar Spine Stenosis: A Common Cause of Back and Leg Pain
MRI Findings Linked to Effect of Lumbar Spine Surgery
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Spine imaging after lumbar disc replacement: pitfalls and current recommendations
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Lumbar spine MRI limited in diagnosing ankylosing spondylitis
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How Weight-Bearing MRIs Can Improve Care & Lower Costs While Meeting Milliman Criteria
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Lumbar Diskal Cyst Containing Intervertebral Disk Materials
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A Study of the Morphology of Lumbar Discs in Sitting and Standing Positions Using a 0.5T Open- Configuration MRI(.pdf)
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Artifact Information
NAME Slice overlap
DESCRIPTION Loss of signal
REASON Saturation
HELP Overlapping prevention

The slice overlap artifact is another name for crosstalk artifact. If slices of multislice acquisitions are overlapping, the spinning nuclei belonging to more than one slice getting multiple times saturated, which leads to signal loss in this areas.

Image Guidance
This problem occurs often in cervical or lumbar spine MRI, when scanning each disc with multi angle oblique technique. If prevention of overlapping is not possible, try to position the saturated region posterior to the spinal canal, outside the region of interest.
See also Crosstalk (Crosstalk), and Multiple Slice Imaging.
Further Reading:
Artifacts in MRI
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Slice-overlap Artifacts
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From Siemens Medical Systems; A new, powerful, compact player in MRI. For both, patients and health care professionals, the mid-field has realized a giant step to cost efficient quality care. Obese patients and people with claustrophobia appreciate the comfortable side loading. The smallest pole diameter - 137 cm (54 inches) allows for optimal patient comfort.

Device Information and Specification
SURFACE COILS Multi channel imaging, CP Head//Neck Array Coil, Body/Spine Array Coil, large, Transmit Coil
SYNCHRONIZATION ECG/peripheral: Optional/yes, respiratory gating
IMAGING MODES Single, multislice, volume study, multi angle, multi oblique
TR Min. TR 2.81 ms
TE Min. TE 0.98 ms
DISPLAY MATRIX 512 x 512 full screen display
MEASURING MATRIX 64 x 64 to 512 x 512
FOV 0.5 - 40 cm
or W x H
41 cm vertical gap distance
H*W*D 233 x 206 x 160 cm
5-GAUSS FRINGE FIELD 2.2 m / 2.2 m
SHIMMING Passive and active

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