Marcelo E. Andia1, Markus Henningsson1, Tarique Hussain1, Alkystis Phinikaridou1, Gerald Greil1, Rene M. Botnar1
1Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, Kings College London, London, United Kingdom
We present a novel technique for flow-independent vessel wall imaging based on the differences in T2-relaxation time of arterial blood and surrounding tissues using a T2prep prepulse. The technique is based on the acquisition and subtraction of two datasets, one obtained with and one without T2prep. The subtraction step allows nulling the signal of arterial blood while maintaining signal of muscle and vessel wall. In order to minimize the motion sensitivity we developed an interleaved acquisition for the T2prep and non-T2prep images, which allows obtaining coronary vessel wall images from a whole heart acquisition with minimal misregistration artefacts.