Richard Baheza1, Brian Welch2, John Gore3, Thomas Yankeelov3
1Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, United States; 2Philips Healthcare; 3Institute of Imag Science and Dep of Radiology Sciences, Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, United States
The possibility of detecting calcium deposits in breast has been investigated by simulation and experimentally. Susceptibility weighted imaging is used to simulate and measure signature due to magnetic susceptibility difference between calcium and water in tissue. Simulated and experimental data with different levels of signal to noise ratio (SNR) and resolution are analyzed by two methods. Crosscorrelation between simulated phase and data, and the relative magnetic susceptibility difference map, computed directly from data. Both methods are compared to locate 1mm object induced signature. Results suggest SNR≥20 and voxel size ≤ 0.25 mm (isotropic) are needed for both methods to work.