Local Flip Angle Correction for Improved Volume T1-Quantification in Three-Dimensional dGEMRIC Using the Look-Locker Technique
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Purpose: To present an evaluation method for three-dimensional Look-Locker (3D-LL) based T1 quantification, calculating correct T1 values independent of local flip angle (FA) variations. The method was evaluated both in phantoms and in vivo in a delayed Gadolinium Enhanced MRI of Cartilage (dGEMRIC) study with 33 subjects. Materials and Methods: T1 was measured with 3D-LL, using both local FA correction and a precalculated FA slice profile. and compared with standard constant FA correction, for all slices in phantoms and in both femur condyles in vivo. T1 measured using two-dimensional Inversion Recovery (2D-IR) was used as gold standard. Results: Due to the FA being slice dependent, the standard constant FA correction results in erroneous T1 (systematic error = 109.1 ms in vivo), especially in the outer slices. With local FA correction. the calculated T1 is excellent for all slices in phantoms (<5% deviation from 2D-IR). In vivo the performance is lower (systematic error = -57.5ms), probably due to imperfect inversion. With precalculated FA correction the performance is very good also in vivo (systematic error = 13.3 ms). Conclusion: With the precalculated FA correction method, the 3D-LL sequence is robust enough for in vivo dGEMRIC, even outside the centermost slices.
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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK
|Tidskrift||Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging|
|Status||Published - 2009|
|Peer review utförd||Ja|
Carl Siversson, 2011, Medical Radiation Physics, Lund University. 101 s.
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