Hadrien A. Dyvorne1, Guido H. Jajamovich1, Niels Oesingmann2, Thorsten Feiweier3, Ersin Bayram4, Bachir Taouli1
1Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, United States; 2Siemens Medical Solutions USA, New York, NY, United States; 3Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany; 4GE Healthcare, Waukesha, WI, United States
We describe a method to optimize b value sampling for intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) DWI acquisition in the liver and kidney, relying on data acquired in 56 subjects on two different platforms (1.5 and 3T). Combinatory subsets of b values (from 4 to 15) were subsampled from an initial 16 b values distribution. IVIM parameters were compared between the subsets and the initial 16 b values distribution, and subsets achieving lowest parameter deviations were retained. A 9 b values distribution was selected that offers significant reduction in scan time while still allowing the closest parameter estimation compared to 16 b value acquisition.