Time Efficient Carotid Artery Imaging using TSE with Reduced Field of View and Interleaved Double Inversion at 3 Tesla
Jeong E, Kim S, Parker D, Kholmovski E
University of Utah
Black blood imaging on a 3 Tesla system may provide improved information for evaluation of size and morphology of carotid artery plaque. In comparison with conventional DIR imaging techniques, our interleaved DIR rFOV-TSE technique can improve acquisition efficiency and reduce the total time required for imaging the carotid artery by a factor of 6. These techniques are important at 3T where the high SNR is sufficient to allow implementation of such time reduction techniques.