Paulo Loureiro de Sousa1,2, Alexandre Vignaud3, Servanne Fleury1,2, Pierre G. Carlier1,2
1Institut de Myologie, Laboratoire de RMN, Paris, France; 2CEA, I2BM, Paris, France; 3Siemens Healthcare, Saint Denis, France
Skeletal muscle functional imaging can provide valuable information on the physiological changes accompanying muscle activation Because skeletal muscle physiological adaptations can simultaneously impact several NMR physical parameters (T1, T2, T2*, relative spin density (M0)), mono-parametric NMR imaging may not be able to describe adequately the complex behavior of stressed or exercised muscle. We investigated the feasibility of fast simultaneous measurements of T1, T2 and M0 using an Inversion Recovery TrueFISP (IR-TrueFISP) sequence. The main advantage of this method is the possibility of performing dynamic T1, T2 and M0 measurements in a single multi-parametric acquisition protocol, with relatively high temporal resolution.