Jian Zhang1,2, Chunlei Liu3, Michael Moseley2
1Department of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States; 2Department of Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States; 3Brain Imaging and Analysis Center, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, United States
Echo-Shifted Gradient-Recalled-Echo (ESGRE) can be used to acquire GRE images at TE>TR. This property makes it an appealing approach for fast T2* imaging. However, the original method didnt work well with multiple-echo shift due to the ghosting artifacts. We demonstrate an improved ESGRE method here, in which extra crusher gradients are introduced to help establish a single steady-state among all phase encodes. By using this approach, high quality T2* images can be acquired with an arbitrary echo shift index. Very fast 2D/3D T2* imaging can be achieved with iESGRE.