Fast Determination of Flip Angle and T1 in Hyperpolarized Gas MRI During a Single Breath-Hold.

Abstract:

:MRI of hyperpolarized media, such as (129)Xe and (3)He, shows great potential for clinical applications. The optimal use of the available spin polarization requires accurate flip angle calibrations and T1 measurements. Traditional flip angle calibration methods are time-consuming and suffer from polarization losses during T1 relaxation. In this paper, we propose a method to simultaneously calibrate flip angles and measure T1 in vivo during a breath-hold time of less than 4 seconds. We demonstrate the accuracy, robustness and repeatability of this method and contrast it with traditional methods. By measuring the T1 of hyperpolarized gas, the oxygen pressure in vivo can be calibrated during the same breath hold. The results of the calibration have been applied in variable flip angle (VFA) scheme to obtain a stable steady-state transverse magnetization. Coupled with this method, the ultra-short TE (UTE) and constant VFA (CVFA) schemes are expected to give rise to new applications of hyperpolarized media.

journal_name

Sci Rep

journal_title

Scientific reports

authors

Zhong J,Ruan W,Han Y,Sun X,Ye C,Zhou X

doi

10.1038/srep25854

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Has Abstract

pub_date

2016-05-12 00:00:00

pages

25854

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2045-2322

pii

srep25854

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6

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