A multicontrast imaging method using steady-state free precession with alternating RF flip angles

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Purpose: To obtain multicontrast images including fat-suppressed contrast image, a novel multicontrast imaging method using an SSFP sequence with alternating RF flip angles is proposed. Methods: The proposed method uses the balanced SSFP sequence with 2 flip angles. In general, the conventional balanced SSFP sequence has its own unique contrast, which combines both FID signal and echo signal under a steady-state condition. By using alternating RF flip angles and RF phase cycling, various image contrasts weighted by proton density, T-1, and T-2 can be obtained. The proposed method offers multicontrast images with fat suppression by using the combination of 2 images obtained just after alternating RF pulses, respectively. Results: As demonstrated by simulations, phantom and in vivo experiments, the proposed method provides multicontrast knee images including fat-suppressed contrast images. Conclusion: The proposed method can be a useful tool for clinical diagnosis, such as the cartilage segmentation and the fast screening of lesions.
Publisher
WILEY
Issue Date
2018-10
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Keywords

FAT-SUPPRESSION; BALANCED SSFP; MRI; DECOMPOSITION; RELAXATION; CONTRAST; WATER; 3T

Citation

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IN MEDICINE, v.80, no.4, pp.1341 - 1351

ISSN
0740-3194
DOI
10.1002/mrm.27342
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/246907
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EE-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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