Epworth Medical Imaging’s clinical director for Epworth Geelong, Dr Paul Smith has been awarded the Mr Kingsley Mills feasibility grant as part of the 2017 Epworth Research Week celebrations.
Paul says his submission, MRI of ligament and tendons using diffusion restriction, uses a technique known as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), traditionally used in imaging white matter in the brain. Until recently, the use of this technique in imaging musculoskeletal structures was unfeasible owing to prolonged scan and image reconstruction time.
“However, next generation 3T MRI platforms, including the new GE 3T Architect platform at Epworth Geelong (one of only three such platforms in the world), has inbuilt technological advances, and offers the potential to image tendons and ligaments in previously unimaginable detail, at clinically feasible speeds,” Dr Smith explained.
“This will open a new way of visualising musculoskeletal structures, and provide greater diagnostic and prognostic information for clinicians.”
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