Jian-Xiong Wang1, Jeffrey A. Stainsby2, Alexei V. Ouriadov3, Matthew Fox3, Giles E. Santyr3
1Applied Science Laboratory, GE HEALTHCARE, London, Ontario, Canada; 2Applied Science Laboratory, GE HEALTHCARE, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 3Imaging Research Laboratories, Robarts Research Institute, London, Ontario, Canada
The 3D Cones sequence utilises a central-out k-space trajectory that does not require field gradients prior to sampling. This characteristic can reduce unwanted diffusion weighting in hyperpolarized noble gas (HNG) imaging. As well, the ultra-short TE (<0.1ms) capability of the 3D Cones provides useful approach for measurement of short T2* relaxation of HNG in the lung tissues. This work presents the application of 3D Cones pulse sequence to hyperpolarized 3He gas imaging for measurement of lung volume and T2* mapping of hyperpolarized 3He gas in the rat lung.