Abdominal Imaging - Original Article

Comparison of diffusion-weighted MRI acquisition techniques for normal pancreas at 3.0 Tesla


  • Xiu-Zhong Yao,
  • Tiantao Kuang,
  • Li Wu,
  • Hao Feng,
  • Hao Liu,
  • Wei-Zhong Cheng,
  • Sheng-Xiang Rao,
  • He Wang,
  • Meng-Su Zeng

Received Date: 22.11.2013 Accepted Date: 24.02.2014 Diagn Interv Radiol 2014;20(5):368-373


We aimed to optimize diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) acquisitions for normal pancreas at 3.0 Tesla.


Thirty healthy volunteers were examined using four DWI acquisition techniques with b values of 0 and 600 s/mm2 at 3.0 Tesla, including breath-hold DWI, respiratory-triggered DWI, respiratory-triggered DWI with inversion recovery (IR), and free-breathing DWI with IR. Artifacts, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) of normal pancreas were statistically evaluated among different DWI acquisitions.


Statistical differences were noticed in artifacts, SNR, and ADC values of normal pancreas among different DWI acquisitions by ANOVA (P < 0.001). Normal pancreas imaging had the lowest artifact in respiratory-triggered DWI with IR, the highest SNR in respiratory-triggered DWI, and the highest ADC value in free-breathing DWI with IR. The head, body, and tail of normal pancreas had statistically different ADC values on each DWI acquisition by ANOVA (P < 0.05).


The highest image quality for normal pancreas was obtained using respiratory-triggered DWI with IR. Normal pancreas displayed inhomogeneous ADC values along the head, body, and tail structures.