© 2017 Elsevier Masson SAS Purpose This study evaluates hippocampal pathology through usage of ultra-high field 9.4T ex-vivo imaging of resected surgical specimens in patients who have undergone temporal lobe epilepsy surgery. Method and materials This is a retrospective interpretation of prospectively acquired data. MRI scanning of resected surgical specimens from patients who have undergone temporal lobe epilepsy surgery was performed on a 9.4T small bore Varian MR magnet. Structural images employed a balanced steady-state free precession sequence (TrueFISP). Six patients (3 females; 3 males) were included in this study with an average age at surgery of 40.7 years (range 20Y_"60) (one was used as a control reference). Two neuroradiologists qualitatively reviewed the ex-vivo MRIs of resected specimens while blinded to the histopathology reports for the ability to identify abnormal features in hippocampal subfield structures. Results The hippocampal subfields were reliably identified on the 9.4T ex-vivo scans in the hippocampal head region and hippocampal body region by both neuroradiologists in all 6 patients. There was high concordance to pathology for abnormalities detected in the CA1, CA2, CA3 and CA4 subfields. Detection of abnormalities in the dentate gyrus was also high with detection in 4 of 5 cases. The Cohen's kappa between the two neuroradiologists was calculated at 0.734 SE = 0.102. Conclusions Ex-vivo 9.4T specimen imaging can detect abnormalities in CA1, CA2, CA3, CA4 and DG in both the hippocampal head and body. There was good concordance between qualitative findings and histopathological abnormalities for CA1, CA2, CA3, CA4 and DG.
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