Peter Kellman1, Diego Hernando2, Saurabh Shah3, Christophe Chefd'hotel4, Z-P Liang2, Andrew E. Arai1
1National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States; 2University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, United States; 3Siemens Medical Solutions, Chicago, IL, United States; 4Siemens Corporate Research, Princeton, NJ, United States
A rapid fat/water separated imaging protocol has been developed for free-breathing cardiac applications for cases where patients have difficulty breath-holding or have significant arrhythmias. The method combines a 2 echo GRE acquisition and parallel imaging, and may be used with repeated measurements and motion corrected averaging to further improve image quality. The method has been applied to both pre-contrast and late enhancement imaging.