Reduced acquisition time in fat saturated abdominal imaging using HoPE: a clinical evaluation
Paul D, Hennig J, Walcher J, Schfer O, Fautz H
Frequency selective fat saturation is an established method to increase diagnostic value in abdominal imaging, but on the cost of reduced scan efficiency. A method to increase scan efficiency while maintaining fat saturation and image quality is HoPE. A clinical study was performed on 32 patients to evaluate HoPE in clinical abdominal gradient echo imaging. Qualitative and quantitative analysis showed no significant difference in image quality, contrast, SNR, and intra abdominal fat suppression, but improved artifact behavior. Using HoPE an acquisition time reduction of up to 40% was achieved.