This book describes the development of systems of magnetic resonance imaging using the higher magnetic field strength of 3 tesla, in comparison to the current gold standard of 1.5 tesla. These new systems of MRI make it possible to perform with high spatial, temporal and contrast resolution not only morphological examinations but also functional studies on spectroscopy, diffusion, perfusion, and cortical activation, thus helping research and providing an important tool for routine diagnostic activity. At the same time the new systems offer unparalleled sensitivity and specificity in the numerous conditions of neuroradiological interest.
Techniques and Semeiotics: High-field MRI and safety: I. Installation.- High-field MRI and safety: II. Utilization.- 3.0 T MRI diagnostic features: comparison with lower magnetic field.- Standard 3.0 T MR imaging.- 3.0 T MR angiography.- 3.0 T MR spectroscopy.- 3.0 T diffusion studies.- Imaging nervous pathways with MR tractography. 3.0 T perfusion studies.- High field strength functional MRI.- Recent developments and prospects.- 3.0 T brain MRI: a pictorial overview of the most interesting sequences.- Application: High-field neuroimaging in traumatic brain injury.- 3.0 T imging of ischemic stroke.- High field strength MRI (3.0 T or more) in white matter disases.- High field neuroimaging in Parkinson's disease.- High field 3.0 T imgaging of Alzheimer diesease.- 3.0 T imaging of Alzheimer disease.- 3.0 T imaging of brain tumours.- fMRI activation paradigms: a presurgical tool for mapping brain function.- 3.O T fMRI in psychiatry.