Kristin L. Granlund1,2, Ernesto Staroswiecki1,2, Marcus T. Alley1, Bruce L. Daniel1, Brian A. Hargreaves1
1Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States; 2Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States
High resolution breast MRI is useful for distinguishing benign and malignant tumors. The FADE sequence allows us to acquire two images during a single scan with different image contrasts, the first image having high SNR and the second image having T2 weighting. A second pair of images can then be acquired with different crusher areas to evaluate the diffusivity of different tissues. Phantom studies were performed to confirm sources of image contrast. The technique was then evaluated in two patients and it was found that the FADE sequence highlighted tumors with both high T2 and restricted diffusion.