Way Cherng Chen1, Rob H Tjissen1, Chrsitopher T Rodgers2, Jamie Near1, Karla L Miller1
Steady-state free precession (SSFP) is characterized by strong signal dependence on resonance frequency often described by the SSFP frequency profile.This profile has a well known symmetric shape in a homogeneous voxel but it becomes asymmetric in an inhomogeneous voxel. The SSFP profile can be modeled as the convolution of the homogeneous profile with the frequency distribution. In this study, CSI lineshape from normal white matter tracts was convolved with the homogeneous profile obtain a predicted SSFP asymmetry profile. The predicted SSFP asymmetry profile was found to be in good agreement with the measured SSFP asymmetry profile.The ability of SSFP profile to amplify small frequency shifts makes it a promising contrast mechanism for probing tissue microstructures.