Jinnan Wang1, Marina S. Ferguson2, Niranjan Balu2, Chun Yuan2, Thomas S. Hatsukami2, Peter Boernert3
1Clinical Sites Research Program,
Philips Research North America,
Intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH) plays a critical role in the evolution of carotid atherosclerotic disease. In this study, a Slab-selective Phase-sensitive Inversion-recovery (SPI) technique, which combines both phase sensitive (PS) imaging and a specially designed IR turbo field echo (TFE) sequence, is proposed to improve the IPH contrast and blood suppression efficiency in human carotid IPH imaging. Significantly improved IPH contrast and blood suppression were found in the in vivo atherosclerotic patient scanning.