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Abstract #2506

Measuring T2 using a T2 prepared Balanced Turbo Field Echo Sequence

Hoad C, Cox E, Gowland P
University of Nottingham

T2 relaxation times were measured using a balanced turbo field echo (bTFE) sequence, prepared with a spin echo, in a 4 quadrant phantom and abdomen of a single healthy volunteer. Various bTFE sequence parameters were varied and T2 measured by fitting the data to simulations of the magnetisation at the centre of k-space following the applied r.f. pulses. All T2 phantom data was in good agreement with expected values, although the results were slightly lower than expected values. Repeated measurements in the liver and spleen of a single volunteer produced T2 data similar to a previous study using HASTE imaging.