Karan Dara1, Jamal J. Derakhshan1, Jeffrey L. Duerk1, Jeffrey L. Sunshine2, Mark A. Griswold1
1Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United States; 2Department of Radiology, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, United States
T2-weighted dark blood prepared TSE sequences are commonly used to image cardiac pathology. These methods often suffer from motion artifacts due to their long acquisition times. Here we apply a new, fast, high SNR, dark blood prepared segmented TrueFISP sequence (HEFEWEIZEN) for cardiac imaging in which some TR blocks are replaced by spatially selective saturation pulses for out-of-slice signals. This directionally suppresses bright blood flow (>65%) in the cardiac ventricles with some stationary tissue signal suppression offering a potential application to cardiac imaging.