Jian Zhu1,2, Axel Bornstedt1, Genshan Ma2, Nico Merkle1, Naifeng Liu2, Wolfgang Rottbauer1, Volker Rasche1
1Internal Medicine II, University of Ulm, Ulm, Germany; 2Department of Cardiology, Zhongda Hospital, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, People's Republic of
In this study, the use of a fast gradient echo sequence with T2 preparation is investigated for generating a T2 weighted image contrast similar to a multi-spin echo approach. The sequence has been applied to volumetric imaging of the carotid artery wall and compared to the conventional multi-spin echo technique. Using the suggested technique enabled a significant reduction of the image acquisition time up to a factor of three, with almost maintained image contrast.