Original Article

Comparison of Contrast-Enhanced T1 Weighted FLAIR SENSE and T1 Weighted Spin Echo Sequence to Detect Cranial Masses


  • Hülya Kurtul Yıldız
  • Elif Evrim Ekin
  • Emel Yılmaz Şahin

Received Date: 03.08.2015 Accepted Date: 21.03.2017 Eur Arc Med Res 2017;33(4):213-220


In this study we aimed to compare contrastenhanced T1-weighted FLAIR SENSE with contrast-enhanced spin-echo T1-weighted sequence to detect brain lesions, reduction of artifacts and determination of the lesion boundaries.

Material and Methods:

Between July 2012 and March 2013, 50 patients with a diagnosis of intracranial mass were examined with contrast-enhanced T1W FLAIR SENSE and contrast- enhanced T1W SE sequences. The number of lesions, lesion-background and lesion-cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) contrast-to-Noise Ratio (CNR), and the severity of the artefacts were assessed with these two methods. The degrees of artefacts were classified as none, mild and severe.


More than 23 lesions were detected by contrastenhanced T1-FLAIR SENSE when it was compared with contrast-enhanced T1W SE. Lesion-background and lesion- CSF CNR were compared. There was no significant difference between them (p>0.05).


In this study we concluded that contrast-enhanced T1W FLAIR SENSE can take place in the routine examinations to detect brain masses and to reduce artifacts.

Keywords: artifact, intracranial masses,SENSE, T1 weighted FALIR