Francesco Santini1, Nadine Kawel-Boehm2, Jens Bremerich2, Oliver Bieri1
1Division of Radiological Physics, University of Basel Hospital, Basel, BS, Switzerland; 2Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Basel Hospital, Basel, BS, Switzerland
This study presents a new MR method using inversion recovery balanced steady-state free precession (IR-bSSFP) for relaxometry of the cardiac muscle. The method enables the simultaneous acquisition of perfectly coregistered T1 and T2 maps in a single breathhold. The method is validated in healthy volunteers and its intersubject and intrasubject variability is assessed.