Che A. Azlan1,2, Trevor S. Ahearn1, Pierluigi Di Giovanni1, Scott I.K. Semple3, Fiona J. Gilbert1, Thomas W. Redpath1
1Aberdeen Biomedical Imaging Centre, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom; 2Department of Biomedical Imaging, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; 3Department of Medical Physics, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of Hoffmann's method of saturation-recovery snapshot FLASH (SRSF) to minimise the effect of radiofrequency (RF) pulse angle inhomogeneity in breast dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE)-MRI at 3T. We employed computer simulation and experiment on gel phantom for this purpose. The simulation shows that Hoffmanns SRSF produces a robust saturation in the presence of expected RF inhomogeneity. The enhancement ratio data acquired broadly matches the simulation. Implementing this method may be a solution to minimise the effects of RF pulse angle inhomogeneity in DCE-MRI of the breast at 3T.