Jochen Franke1,2, Hank Donker3, Felix Mottaghy4, Christiane Kuhl3, Fabian Kiessling2, Volkmar Schulz1,2
1Molecular Imaging Systems, Philips Research Europe, Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany; 2Experimental Molecular Imaging, University of Aachen (RWTH), Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany; 3Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Aachen, Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany; 4Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Aachen, Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
The focus of this work is on the emerging methodology of magnetic resonance (MR)-based attenuation correction (MRAC) of positron emission tomography (PET) raw data. We propose a new MR sequence, comprising the functionality of ultrashort echotime (UTE) and the Dixon technique within a single examination. This UTE triple-echo (UTILE) sequence paired with a dedicated post-processing is capable to derive a truly MR-based attenuation map (-map) accounting for four compartments: soft tissue, adipose tissue, cortical bone and air.