AJR. American journal of roentgenology vol:171 issue:1 pages:211-5
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to compare the value of a half-Fourier acquisition single-shot turbo spin-echo (HASTE) sequence with optimized fast spin-echo and conventional fast spin-echo techniques in evaluation of the uterus. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Optimized fast spin-echo imaging was compared with fast spin-echo and HASTE imaging, for both image quality and ability to assess the zonal anatomy of the uterus, in 40 volunteers. In optimized fast spin-echo imaging, the imaging time was reduced using partial-Fourier reconstruction, reducing the echo spacing, and increasing the echo train length. RESULTS: HASTE imaging offered the least motion artifact of all techniques. On optimized fast spin-echo imaging, motion artifacts were moderate to severe in 10% of patients. On fast spin-echo imaging, motion artifacts were moderate to severe in 40% of patients. Optimized fast spin-echo imaging was superior to the other two techniques in terms of anatomic sharpness and overall image quality. CONCLUSION: Although HASTE imaging offers the unique feature of providing images free of motion artifacts, optimized fast spin-echo imaging appears to be the preferred technique for T2-weighted imaging of the uterus.