AIM OF THE STUDY: Presentation of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) performed at low
magnetic field (1 Tesla) in the algorithm of work-up of a patient suffering from severe
traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHOD: DTI and functional MRI (fMRI) were applied at
1 Tesla for visualization of neural pathways and examination of sensory functions
of a patient with severe TBI. DTI-measurement was also performed on a healthy patient
for comparison. RESULTS: DTI acquired at low magnetic field yielded appropriate visualization
of neural pathways. DTI confirmed the results of the clinical and fMRI examinations
in the patient suffering from severe TBI. CONCLUSION: An optimized DTI can be useful
in the examination of patients with TBI, moreover, it may also help in the establishment
of diagnoses of other central nervous system diseases affecting neuronal pathways.
The presented results suggest that DTI of appropriate quality can be performed at
low magnetic field.