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1.  Comparison of MR images for age determination; T1 weighted images (T1WI) versus T2* weighted images (T2*WI) 
Purpose
T1WI (T1 weighted image) was acquired in order to grade bone fusion following the studies by FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Associations). Research using images other than T1WI has not been reported. The aim of this study is to evaluate the grade of epiphyseal fusion by T2* weighted images (T2*WI) and to investigate new findings on T2*WI as compared with T1WI.
Methods
A total of 87 subjects, all junior football players between the ages of 12 and 17 years old, were examined. T1 and T2* WI were obtained using a 1.2T Open type MR system. The T1WI and T2*WI were rated twice randomly by four radiologists using the FIFA grading system.
Results
The intra-rater reliability for grading was higher in T1WI (The Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC)=0.949–0.985) than in T2*WI (ICC=0.917–0.943). The inter-rater reliability for grading was also higher in T1WI (ICC=0.923) than in T2*WI (ICC=0.867).
Conclusions
This research showed that T1WI is a better sequence than T2*WI to evaluate bone fusion following FIFA protocol. It was speculated that the reason for this is that T1WI has higher tissue contrast resolution and enables clearer images of the epiphyseal fusion than T2*WI and the grading system by T1WI was not suitable for T2*WI.
PMCID: PMC3307966  PMID: 22461965
Wrist MRI; Open MRI; Age Determination; Bone Age; T2* Weighted Image
2.  A Pilot Trial on Kinematic Magnetic Resonance Imaging Using a Superconducting, Horizontally Opened, 1.2 T Magnetic Resonance System 
Asian Journal of Sports Medicine  2011;2(4):267-274.
Purpose
This study was performed to introduce and evaluate the potential of kinematic magnetic resonance imaging (KMRI) using a high-field open-magnet magnetic resonance (MR) system.
Methods
We attempted to perform KMRI of healthy volunteers’ lumbar spine and knee in the lateral position and ankle in the supine position utilizing the superconducting, horizontally opened, 1.2 T MR system (OASIS, HITACHI, Tokyo, Japan). For the KMRI of the lumbar spine, the volunteer had to lie on one side while maintaining maximally anteflexed, neutral, and maximally retroflexed positions and remain still for the duration of the acquisition time for each posture. In the same way, KMRI of the knee was performed with the volunteer's knee flexed at 0°, 30°, 60°, 90°, and 120° in the lateral position, and KMRI of the ankle was performed with the volunteer's ankle in maximally dorsiflexed, neutral, and maximally plantarflexed positions while lying in the supine position.
Results
We could acquire higher quality kinematic MR images than those acquired using low-field MR systems. The spinal canal, intervertebral discs and foramina, and facet joints in lumbar spine KMRI; the ligaments, menisci and patellofemoral joint in knee KMRI; and the tibiotalar articulation and peroneal tendon in ankle KMRI were clearly depicted.
Conclusion
The results of our pilot trial indicated that a superconducting horizontally opened, 1.2 T MR system offers high-quality KMRI images and can be utilized for the kinematic diagnosis and evaluation of sports injuries.
PMCID: PMC3289220  PMID: 22375248
Joint Motion; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Kinematic; Open MRI; KMRI

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