Double-echo three-point-Dixon method for fat suppression MRI.
ABSTRACT A double-echo two-excitation pulse sequence encoding fat and water signals for a phase-sensitive three-point Dixon-type analysis (DE-3PD) was developed and implemented on a 1.5 T MR imager. Data processing was performed using a previously developed two-dimensional (2D) region-growing algorithm, adapted to use double-echo data. Density-, T1-, and T2-weighted fat suppression images were obtained from six volunteers using the new fat suppression method. The images were compared with corresponding images obtained using frequency-selective excitation fat suppression (FATSAT) and a single-echo three-point-Dixon method (SE-3PD). The results demonstrate that the DE-3PD sequence shortens the imaging time by one-third compared with the SE-3PD method, without loss in image quality. The data also show that a 2D region-growing algorithm effectively unwraps the phase of DE-3PD data sets, and that results of DE-3PD fat signal suppression are consistently better than those obtained using a standard FATSAT method. The authors conclude that the double-echo sequence provides density-, T1-, and T2-weighted images that appear to be promising for routine clinical applications.
Article: Chemical-shift imaging utilizing the positional shifts along the readout gradient direction.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: In this work, we describe a method that uses the linear phase acquired during the readout period due to chemical shift to generate individual magnetic resonance (MR) images of chemically shifted species. The method utilizes sets of Fourier (or k-space) data acquired with different directions of the readout gradient and a postprocessing algorithm to generate chemical shift images. The methodology is developed for both Cartesian data acquisition and for radial data acquisition. The method is presented here for two chemically shifted species but it can be extended to more species. In this work, we present the theory, show the results in phantoms and in human images, and discuss the artifacts and signal-to-noise ratio of the images obtained with the technique.IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging 12/2001; 20(11):1156-66. · 3.64 Impact Factor
Article: Imaging of the peripheral nervous system: evaluation of peripheral neuropathy and plexopathy.American Journal of Neuroradiology 19(6):1011-23. · 2.93 Impact Factor