Robert Herfkens

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  • Cardiac CINE imaging with IDEAL water-fat separation and steady-state free precession JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING Reeder, S. B., Markl, M., Yu, H. Z., Hellinger, J. C., Herfkens, R. J., Pelc, N. J. 2005; 22 (1): 44-52

    Abstract:

    To decompose multicoil CINE steady-state free precession (SSFP) cardiac images acquired at short echo time (TE) increments into separate water and fat images, using an iterative least-squares "Dixon" (IDEAL) method.Multicoil CINE IDEAL-SSFP cardiac imaging was performed in three volunteers and 15 patients at 1.5 T.Measurements of signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) matched theoretical expectations and were used to optimize acquisition parameters. TE increments of 0.9-1.0 msec permitted the use of repetition times (TRs) of 5 msec or less, and provided good SNR performance of the water-fat decomposition, while maintaining good image quality with a minimum of banding artifacts. Images from all studies were evaluated for fat separation and image quality by two experienced radiologists. Uniform fat separation and diagnostic image quality was achieved in all images from all studies. Examples from volunteers and patients are shown.Multicoil IDEAL-SSFP imaging can produce high quality CINE cardiac images with uniform water-fat separation, insensitive to Bo inhomogeneities. This approach provides a new method for reliable fat-suppression in cardiac imaging.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/jmri.20327

    View details for Web of Science ID 000230128900006

    View details for PubMedID 15971192

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