Automated Fat Quantification Applied to Abdominal MR Images
Weatherall P, McColl R, Peng Q
UT Southwestern Medical Center
A novel fast fat-only imaging method based on a 3D balanced steady-state free precession sequence has been proposed recently. An automated fat quantification method is introduced here for the rapid post-processing of the generated high contrast images. The method is based on a simple fat distribution model which takes both full-volume fat voxels and partial-volume into consideration. The final fat volume can be quantified after a simple automated curve fitting step. The method was tested in a phantom study and the results show that the proposed method can offer rapid and very accurate fat quantification.