Single breathold multi-contrast 3D abdominal imaging
Hoogeveen R, De Becker J, Winkelmann R, Brnert P, Dssel O
Philips Medical Systems
In abdominal MR-imaging, multiple contrasts are helpful for a clear and comprehensive diagnosis. To avoid image respiratory artifacts, breath-hold techniques are usually preferred which could be significantly speed up by the use of highly accelerated parallel imaging. This allows multiple acquisitions of large 3D abdominal volumes, choosing arbitrary contrast protocols, within a single breath-hold. Such multi-contrast, single breath-hold data show no spatial misregistration and could potentially improve and ease diagnosis. In-vivo studies on healthy volunteers have been carried out to demonstrate the technical feasibility of this approach.