Evaluation of radial distribution of cartilage degeneration and necessity of pre-contrast measurements using radial dGEMRIC in adults with acetabular dysplasia
The purpose of this study was to assess if delayed gadolinium MRI of cartilage using postcontrast T(1) (T(1Gd)) is sufficient for evaluating cartilage damage in femoroacetabular impingement without using noncontrast values (T(10)). T(1Gd) and DeltaR(1) (1/T(1Gd) - 1/T(10)) that include noncontrast T(1) measurements were studied in two grades of osteoarthritis and in a control group of asymptomatic young-adult volunteers. Differences between T(1Gd) and DeltaR(1) values for femoroacetabular impingement patients and volunteers were compared. There was a very high correlation between T(1Gd) and DeltaR(1) in all study groups. In the study cohort with Tonnis grade 0, correlation (r) was -0.95 and -0.89 with Tonnis grade 1 and -0.88 in asymptomatic volunteers, being statistically significant (P < 0.001) for all groups. For both T(1Gd) and DeltaR(1), a statistically significant difference was noted between patients and control group. Significant difference was also noted for both T(1Gd) and DeltaR(1) between the patients with Tonnis grade 0 osteoarthritis and those with grade 1 changes. Our results prove a linear correlation between T(1Gd) and DeltaR(1), suggesting that T(1Gd) assessment is sufficient for the clinical utility of delayed gadolinium MRI of cartilage in this setting and additional time-consuming T(10) evaluation may not be needed.