Multiple Echo Recombined Gradient Echo (MERGE) uses multiple echoes to generate high-resolution images of the C-spine with excellent gray-white matter differentiation. By combining early echoes with high SNR and late echoes with improved contrast, the result is improved cord contrast within the spinal column.
3D MERGE also offers excellent SNR and fat-saturation capabilities to provide high resolution, isotropic T2* weighted images of the extremities (hand, wrist, knee, ankle, and shoulder) with optimized contrast between the ligaments and soft tissue.
- Fast, high resolution axial volumetric scan
- Selective water excitation for fat-free imaging 1
- Intuitive reformat in virtually any plane
“In our clinical practice, the 3D MERGE technique has been used primarily for spine imaging and this acquisition is now included in our routine protocol for cervical, thoracic and lumbar spinal imaging.”
Jang-Gyu Cha, MD
Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Bucheon, South Korea
1. Only available for selected platforms.
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