Evaluation of MRI Artifact in some selected centers in Kano Metropolis, Nigeria|
Mohammed, Sidi & Abubakar, Muhammad
Background: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) artifacts can occur due to hardware or software related problems, human
physiologic phenomenon or physical restrictions. Careful study design and scanning protocols can prevent certain artifacts
from occurring, but some are unavoidable.
Study aims: The study aimed at evaluating MRI artifact in some selected centers in Kano metropolis, Nigeria.
Methodology: A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted involving both prospective and retrospective phases across
three centres in the Kano metropolis from March 2019 to August 2019. Using the purposive sampling method, 3 centers were
selected. A data capture sheet was designed for data collection.
Results: Thirty five (50%) of the artifacts encountered were from the centreA, 28(40%) from the centre B, and 7(10%) from
the centre C. Motion-induced artifact was the most frequently encountered artifact 26(37.1%), followed by wrap-around
artifact 15(21.4%), and then frequency-induced artifact 13(18.6%). Thoracic spine MRI had the highest number of artifacts
28(40%), followed by brain 20(28.6%), and then lumbar spine 19(27.1%).
Conclusion: In Kano metropolis the most encountered MRI artifact was the motion-induced artifact and thoracic spine MRI
had the highest number of artifacts. The artifacts had a negative effect on image quality.
MRI artifacts; image quality; Kano metropolis.