Canadian MSK Imaging (CaMSKi) Network
1.0T pMRI, pQCT, hr-pQCT - All across 8 major Canadian municipalities
With the participation of over 12 academic / hospital institutions within Canada and collaborators around the world.
Appendicular measurements of cartilage, muscle, bone, fat and other soft tissues is possible with this MR technology. The advantage of MRI is the absence of ionizing radiation. This particular peripheral machine bears a small bore with replaceable radiofrequency (RF) coils varying in gantry size (from 50 mm to 180 mm), which can accomodate a wrist to a calf muscle. Various 3D gradient echo, spin echo, inversion recovery and fat-saturated images (T1 & T2-weighted) can be obtained.
Periperhal quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) uses X-ray technology in 360 degree image captures to provide up to 200 μm in-plane pixel resolution 3D slices down to 2.3 ± 0.5 mm thickness. This equipment allows us to obtain information on bone and muscle densities and morphometry. For bone, this information is processed using specialized software packages designed by Inglis Software Incorporated to compute measures of bone strength and apparent microstructure.
High-resolution pQCT uses X-ray technology in 360 degree image captures to provide up to 82 μm isotropic voxel resolution. This equipment allows us to obtain information on highly detailed bone microarchitecture information. The 3D images can be reconstructed and finite element analysis is applied to determine failure loads on bone.
The DXA scanner provides full body measurements of two-dimensional bone density and can compute tissue composition outcomes using 70-140 kV energy X-ray pulsed synchronously per line of image pixels. The flat bed scanner does not have a limited gantry and can enable a large range of body sizes.
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