Jamal Jon Derakhshan1,2, Mark A. Griswold1,2, Jeffrey L. Sunshine2, Jeffrey L. Duerk1,2
1Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA; 2Radiology, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, USA
A new fast DB TrueFISP pulse sequence has been developed and applied to high resolution carotid artery imaging. Good flow suppression (> 80%) was achieved with a minor increase in the overall acquisition time (13%). TrueFISP magnetization evolution is maintained in the imaging slice throughout the acquisition, resulting in a low stationary signal disturbance (~10%). Using HEFEWEIZEN, it was possible to visualize moderate and severe carotid artery stenosis on high resolution TrueFISP images with a short acquisition time (<17 s).