Jian Zhu1,2, Axel Bornstedt1, Vinzenz Hombach1, Alexander Oberhuber3, Genshan Ma2, Naifeng Liu2, Volker Rasche1
1Department of Internal Medicine II, University Hospital of Ulm, Ulm, Germany; 2Department of Cardiology, Zhongda Hospital, Southeast University, Nanjing, China; 3Department of Thorax and Vascular Surgery, University Hospital Ulm, Ulm
Spin-echo and multi-spin echo sequences are still the gold standard for generation of a T2 weighted image contrast. A major drawback of this technique rises from the long repetition times required for achieving sufficient recovery of the longitudinal magnetization, which cause long acquisition times especially in high-resolution volumetric imaging. In this study, the use of a fast gradient echo sequence with T2 preparation is investigated for generating a T2 weighted image contrast similar to a multi-spin echo approach, but with an up to 8-fold reduction of the acquisition time.