Early experience of pre- and post-contrast 7.0T MRI in brain tumors

Seung Leal Paek, Young Seob Chung, Sun Ha Paek, Jae Ha Hwang, Chul Ho Sohn, Seung Hong Choi, Young Don Son, Young Bo Kim, Dong Gyu Kim, Kendall H. Lee, Zang Hee Cho

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We investigated the safety and clinical applicability of 7.0 Tesla (T) brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with brain tumors. Twenty-four patients with intraaxial or extraaxial brain tumors were enrolled in this study. 7.0T MRIs of T2*-weighted axial and T1-weighted coronal or sagittal images were obtained and compared with 1.5T brain MRIs. The T2*-weighted images from 7.0T brain MRI revealed detailed microvasculature and the internal contents of supratentorial brain tumors better than that of 1.5T brain MRI. For brain tumors located in parasellar areas or areas adjacent to major cerebral vessels, flow-related artifacts were exaggerated in the 7.0T brain MRIs. For brain tumors adjacent to the skull base, susceptibility artifacts in the interfacing areas of the paranasal sinus and skull base hampered the aquisition of detailed images and information on brain tumors in the 7.0T brain MRIs. This study shows that 7.0T brain MRI can provide detailed information on the intratumoral components and margins in supratentorial brain tumors. Further studies are needed to develop refined MRI protocols for better images of brain tumors located in the skull base, parasellar, and adjacent major cerebrovascular structures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1362-1372
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Korean medical science
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2013


  • 7.0 tesla
  • Brain neoplasms
  • Clinical applicability
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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