Tolga ukur1, Michael Lustig1, Dwight Nishimura1
1Department of Electrical Engineering,
Magnetization-prepared SSFP angiography can produce vessel images without contrast agents, when coupled with segmented k-space acquisitions. However, the preparation needs to be frequently repeated to effectively capture the transient contrast. Because the vessels have more dominant high-spatial-frequency content compared with the background, compensating for the transient signal decay significantly improves the contrast and resolution, while the resulting noise in sparse angiograms is reduced with compressed sensing.