Carl Siversson1, Carl-Johan Tiderius2, Leif Dahlberg2, Jonas Svensson1
1Department of Radiation Physics, Lund University, Malmo, Sweden; 2Department of Orthopaedics, Lund University, Malmo, Sweden
3D Look-Locker (LL) can be used for various T1 quantification applications, such as delayed Gadolinium enhanced MRI of cartilage (dGEMRIC). The LL method is however usually dependent on both the excitation- and inversion pulse performing well in order to generate reliable T1 values. By using non-slice selective rectangular RF pulses for excitation and inversion, both having a similar B1 dependence, it is possible to map and compensate for all B1 inhomogeneities. With this method the measured T1 is very accurate throughout all slices, both in gel phantoms and in in vivo dGEMRIC measurements.