T2-mapping is a widely used quantitative MRI technique in osteoarthritis research. An important challenge for its application in the context of high tibial osteotomy (HTO) is the presence of metallic fixation devices. In this study, we evaluated the possibility of performing T2-mapping after a HTO, by assessing the extent of magnetic susceptibility artifacts and the influence on T2 relaxation times caused by two commonly used fixation devices. T2-mapping with a 3D fast spin-echo sequence at three Tesla was performed on 11 human cadaveric knee joints before and after implantation of a titanium plate and screws (n = 5) or cobalt chrome staples (n = 6). Mean T2 relaxation times were calculated in six cartilage regions, located in the distal and posterior cartilage of femoral condyles and the cartilage of tibial plateaus, both medially and laterally. T2 relaxation times before and after the implantation were compared with paired t-tests and Wilcoxon rank tests. Due to the extent of the magnetic susceptibility artifact, it was not possible to segment the knee cartilage and thus calculate T2 relaxation times in the lateral weight-bearing femoral and tibial cartilage regions only in the cobalt chrome group. In all cartilage regions of the titanium implanted knees and those unaffected by artifacts due to cobalt chrome implants, T2 relaxation times did not significantly differ between the two scans. Our results suggest that accurate T2-mapping after a HTO procedure is possible in all areas after implantation of a titanium fixation device and in most areas after implantation of a cobalt chrome fixation device.

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doi.org/10.1002/jor.23729, hdl.handle.net/1765/106052
Journal of Orthopaedic Research: a journal for musculoskeletal investigation
Department of Orthopaedics

Verschueren, J. (Joost), Meuffels, D., Bron, E., Klein, S., Kleinrensink, G. J., Verhaar, J., … Oei, E. (2018). Possibility of quantitative T2-mapping MRI of cartilage near metal in high tibial osteotomy: A human cadaver study. Journal of Orthopaedic Research: a journal for musculoskeletal investigation, 36(4), 1206–1212. doi:10.1002/jor.23729