Marcin Jankiewicz1,2, Jay Moore1,3, Adam W. Anderson1,4, John C. Gore1,4
1Institute of Imaging Science, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States; 2Department of Radiology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States; 3Department of Physics, Vanderbilt University; 4Department of Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University
The soliton pulses represent a promising solution to the problem of designing T2* selective preparation pulses. The pulses are characterized by a set of complex parameters. Their interpretation is only partially understood in the context of MRI. For example, some of them correspond to values of relaxation times for which the magnetization vector will be nulled. A preliminary analysis of the behavior of such pulses is presented here with the goal of demonstrating the versatility of such pulses in producing a range of T2* contrasts.