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Abstract #3607

Linear Combination SSFP at 3T: Improved spectral response using multiple echoes

Lu A, Jashnani Y, Jung Y, Kijowski R, Block W
Stanford University

3D isotropic high resolution imaging with high contrast of relevant musculoskeletal joint tissues has been implemented successfully using linear combination SSFP at 1.5T. Using the optimal TR at 3T is difficult due to lack of adequate time for spatial encoding. A multiple echo technique is presented which improves the spectral response by exploiting the different phase progression of fat and water during the TR.