Nicholas G. Dowell1, Hannah van den Boomen2, Mara Cercignani3
1CISC, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom; 2Life Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom; 3CISC, Brighton & Sussex Medical School, Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Quantitative MT data is often not considered in imaging protocols due to the lengthy acquisition times that are required (up to 25 minutes). This is because the normal acquisition demand the collection of up to 12 gradient echo volumes. In response, a new approach, based on SSFP acquistion can dramatically cut acquisition times to less than 10 minutes. In this work, we rigorously compare the qMT data that is produced by both methods and assess whether the new SSFP method is a drop-in replacement for the established GRE approach.