Andreas Steingoetter1, Jonas Svensson1,2, Stefanie Remmele3, Rene Botnar1,4, Markus Schwaiger1, Ernst Rummeny5, Rickmer Braren5
1Department of Nuclear Medicine, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universitt Mnchen, Munich, Germany; 2Department of Medical Radiation Physics, Malmoe University Hospital, Lund University Malmoe, Malmoe, Sweden; 3Philips Research Europe-Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany; 4Division of Imaging Sciences, Kings College London School of Medicine, London, UK; 5Department of Radiology, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Technische Universitt Mnchen, Munich, Germany
Dynamic 3D T1-weighted gradient-echo (3DT1GRE) sequences for DCE-MRI are prone to displacement errors, motion and flow artefacts. This study compares a 2D single-shot Look-Locker T1 mapping (LLRGC) technique with a standard 3DT1GRE for non-triggered, free-breathing DCE-MRI experiments in a rat liver tumor model. For both methods, data of tumor, liver and muscle were dynamically sampled at 6s intervals after bolus-injection of a double-dose of GD-DTPA. Pharmacokinetic modelling was applied and T10, delay time Td, renal clearance rate rc, Ktrans and ve as well as goodness-of-fit were compared. 3DT1GRE underestimated Ktrans and ve for all tissues and showed lower goodness-of-fit values.