Seong-Eun Kim1,2, Scott McNally2, Laura K. Findeiss2, Jordan Hulet3, John Roberts1,2, Eun-Kee Jeong1,2, Dennis L. Parker1,2, Gerald S. Treiman4,5
1UCAIR, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States; 2Department of Radiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States; 3Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Utah; 4Department of Surgery, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States; 5Veterans Affair, VASLCHCS, Salt Lake City, UT, United States
2D TSE with DIR is the current technique for identification of the component of carotid plaque. This approach is limited by inadequate spatial resolution that is often necessary to identify small areas of plaque components. 3D imaging offers the potential to improve spatial resolution. We have utilized 3D TSE with non-selective 180o RF and have implemented an inner volume imaging(IVI) technique. The non-selective 180o RF allow significantly more echoes to be acquired resulting in more efficient 3D scan. IVI technique reduces the field of view in the phase encoding direction and requires fewer phase encoding line, further reducing scan time.