David Johnson1, Sreenath Narayan2, Chris Flask, 2,3, David Wilson2,3
1Heart and Lung Research Institute, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, United States; 2Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United States; 3Radiology, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, United States
An improved fat/water estimation technique was developed using Iterative Decomposition of Water and Fat with Echo Asymmetry and Least-squares estimation method and Graphics Computational Units (IDEAL-GPU). The IDEAL-GPU technique produced robust fat and water images quickly and efficiently using a vectorized equation implemented on graphics cards. In addition, our implementation used binary weighted planar extrapolation for robust estimation in the face of large field variations on a high field, small animal scanner. Fast computation will become even more significant as the trend towards high resolution, whole body mouse and human scanning continues.