3D UTE Cones-IDEAL Imaging of the Knee and Ankle joints: Fast Volumetric Imaging with Robust Fat/water Separation
Qun He1,2, Michael Carl3, Graeme Bydder1, and Jiang Du1
1University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, United States, 2Ningbo Jansen NMR Technology Co., Ltd., Cixi, Zhejiang, China, People's Republic of, 3Global MR Applications & Workflow, General Electric, San Diego, CA, United States
UTE sequences combined with IDEAL processing produces high contrast images of short T2 tissues or tissue components such as menisci, ligaments, and tendons. In this work, we report the use of 3D UTE Cones imaging and IDEAL processing (3D Cones-IDEAL) for volumetric imaging of short T2 tissues in the knee and ankle joints at 3T. High resolution volumetric imaging of the knee and ankle joints, together with robust fat/water separation, field map estimation, R2*/T2* mapping and fat fraction mapping are demonstrated.
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