Optimized Ultra-short Echo Time Breathhold 3D Lung Imaging
Neville D Gai 1 , Robert Evers 1 , Harsh Agarwal 2 , Ashkan Malayeri 1 , and David Bluemke 1
Radiology & Imaging Sciences, NIH, Bethesda,
MD, United States,
Research N.A., Briarcliff Manor, NY, United States
Clinical MR lung imaging is being increasingly done to
avoid ionizing radiation especially in longitudinal
studies. In this work, we optimize a 3D stack of stars
acquisition to perform high SNR complete lung imaging in
a single breath-hold. Ten consecutive volunteers were
scanned on a 3T scanner for axial and coronal
breath-hold images. The images were analyzed for SNR in
lung parenchyma. Results indicate the suitability of the
technique for robust lung imaging in a clinical setting.
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