Intracranial hemorrhage: gradient-echo MR imaging at 1.5 T. Comparison with spin-echo imaging and clinical applications

Radiology. 1988 Sep;168(3):803-7. doi: 10.1148/radiology.168.3.3406410.


Fifty-seven patients with hemorrhagic intracranial lesions were examined with magnetic resonance (MR) imaging at 1.5 T with use of both spin-echo (SE) and gradient-echo-acquisition (GEA) techniques to assess the clinical applications and limitations of GEA in evaluation of intracranial hemorrhage at high field strength. All GEA images were obtained with a long echo time and short flip angle to emphasize T2*-based contrast. In 30 of 61 cases, GEA images demonstrated more hemorrhagic lesions than SE images. In 14 of 61 cases, GEA images failed to depict the lesion or obscured the specific diagnosis (as depicted by SE MR imaging). The authors believe that GEA imaging in its current form has a limited but definite adjunctive role in the evaluation of intracranial hemorrhage at high field strength.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / diagnosis*
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / etiology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*