Jascha Zapp1, Simon Konstandin1, Lothar R. Schad1
1Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine,
MRI of the lung is challenging because of low proton density, respiratory and cardiac motion and susceptibility effects at air-tissue interfaces. A healthy volunteer was examined using a 2D radial gradient echo technique (resolution: 0.8mm x 0.8mm x 5.0mm) with conventional (full) RF pulses (TE=0.77ms) and half RF pulses (TE=0.02ms) at 1.5T and 3.0T. Average SNR in lung parenchyma resulted in an increase of 56% at 3.0T compared to 1.5T with TE=0.02ms. The result shows that SNR in proton MRI of human lung at 3.0T is superior to 1.5T when using a 2D radial sequence with ultrashort echo time.