Fast Whole-Body 3D Water/Fat Scoring
Aldefeld B, Eggers H, Keupp J, Brnert P
Philips Research Laboratories
The amount and distribution of body fat is linked to a number of obesity-related illnesses. Clear knowledge about these conditions may help to improve diagnosis and to define potential risks for individual patients. Whole-body 3D head-to-toe water/fat MR imaging was performed at moderate spatial resolution in a total scan time of 2 minutes using continuously moving table imaging and employing a three-point Dixon technique. Using image-processing algorithms, useful diagnostic information can be derived. Such a short scan could be added to each standard examination in an efficient and patient-convenient way.