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Abstract #3028

Dark Blood BSSFP Cardiac MRI Using HEFEWEIZEN

Karan Dara1, Jamal J. Derakhshan1, Jeffrey L. Duerk1, Jeffrey L. Sunshine2, Mark A. Griswold1

1Department of Biomedical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, United States; 2Department of Radiology, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Cleveland, OH, United States

T2-weighted dark blood prepared TSE sequences are commonly used to image cardiac pathology. These methods often suffer from motion artifacts due to their long acquisition times. Here we apply a new, fast, high SNR, dark blood prepared segmented TrueFISP sequence (HEFEWEIZEN) for cardiac imaging in which some TR blocks are replaced by spatially selective saturation pulses for out-of-slice signals. This directionally suppresses bright blood flow (>65%) in the cardiac ventricles with some stationary tissue signal suppression offering a potential application to cardiac imaging.