Angela Manuel1, Wei Li1, Vladimir Jellus2, Timothy Hughes2, Pottumarthi V. Prasad1
1NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, IL, USA; 2Healthcare Sector, Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany
Previous experience with phantoms has shown good agreement in T1s obtained by standard 2D IR-TSE and 3D VFA techniques. However, the level of agreement in vivo was less. In order to determine the reason behind this inaccuracy, we investigated a number of potential factors, such as number of flip angles used, fitting routines, and effects of B1 inhomogeneity. Our results suggest that increasing the number of flip angles had minimal or no effect on improving the agreement between the techniques and that B1 inhomogeneity may be most responsible for the apparent poor agreement between 3D VFA and 2D IR-TSE estimates.