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Quantifying dog meniscal volume at 1.5T and 3.0T MRI


Park, B H; Marches, S; Eichelberger, B M; Winter, M D; Pozzi, Antonio; Banks, S A (2019). Quantifying dog meniscal volume at 1.5T and 3.0T MRI. Research in Veterinary Science, 128:236-241.

Abstract

The dog has been used extensively as an experimental model to study meniscal treatments such as meniscectomy, meniscal repair and regeneration. Accurate quantification of meniscal size and morphology are a crucial step for developing models of the meniscus. 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been found to be highly accurate in analyzing the meniscus in both clinical and research fields. However, 3.0T MRI systems are still uncommonly used in veterinary medicine. The goal of the study was to compare meniscal volume measurements from 1.5T MRI system with 3.0T MRI system using proton density sequence, a clinically relevant protocol. The MR images were segmented to reconstruct 3D surface representations of both medial and lateral menisci to compare the meniscal volumes measurements. Average volume differences were 8.8% (P=0.42) and 8.9% (P=0.535) for medial and lateral meniscus, respectively. No significant volume differences were found between 1.5T and 3.0T magnetic resonance (MR) measurements, with high Pearson's correlation coefficient of r > 0.8 and the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) of 0.899. For inter- and intra-observer reproducibility, high correlation (ICC = 0.942 and 0.814) was observed, but with high variability for intra-observer reproducibility (lower bound 0.478, upper bound 0.949). We have shown that common clinical MR scanners and pulse sequences can be used to quantify dogs' meniscal volumes with good reproducibility. We believe that repeatable measurements of meniscal volumes using MR may provide a useful capability for assessment of postoperative results following meniscal treatments such as meniscectomy and meniscal regeneration.

Abstract

The dog has been used extensively as an experimental model to study meniscal treatments such as meniscectomy, meniscal repair and regeneration. Accurate quantification of meniscal size and morphology are a crucial step for developing models of the meniscus. 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been found to be highly accurate in analyzing the meniscus in both clinical and research fields. However, 3.0T MRI systems are still uncommonly used in veterinary medicine. The goal of the study was to compare meniscal volume measurements from 1.5T MRI system with 3.0T MRI system using proton density sequence, a clinically relevant protocol. The MR images were segmented to reconstruct 3D surface representations of both medial and lateral menisci to compare the meniscal volumes measurements. Average volume differences were 8.8% (P=0.42) and 8.9% (P=0.535) for medial and lateral meniscus, respectively. No significant volume differences were found between 1.5T and 3.0T magnetic resonance (MR) measurements, with high Pearson's correlation coefficient of r > 0.8 and the intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) of 0.899. For inter- and intra-observer reproducibility, high correlation (ICC = 0.942 and 0.814) was observed, but with high variability for intra-observer reproducibility (lower bound 0.478, upper bound 0.949). We have shown that common clinical MR scanners and pulse sequences can be used to quantify dogs' meniscal volumes with good reproducibility. We believe that repeatable measurements of meniscal volumes using MR may provide a useful capability for assessment of postoperative results following meniscal treatments such as meniscectomy and meniscal regeneration.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Veterinary Clinic > Department of Small Animals
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
630 Agriculture
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > General Veterinary
Uncontrolled Keywords:Dog; MRI; Medial image segmentation; Meniscal volume; Meniscus.
Language:English
Date:2 December 2019
Deposited On:18 Dec 2019 08:44
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 12:26
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0034-5288
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rvsc.2019.12.005
PubMed ID:31837512

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