Ruud B. van Heeswijk1,2, Simone Coppo1,2, Tobias Kober2,3, Matthias Stuber1,2
1Department of Radiology, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois & University of Lausanne, Lausanne, VD, Switzerland; 2Center for Biomedical Imaging (CIBM), Lausanne, Switzerland; 3Advanced Clinical Imaging Technology, Siemens Suisse SA - CIBM, Lausanne, Switzerland
While successful coronary vein imaging approaches using magnetization transfer contrast have been reported at 1.5 T, these techniques cannot easily be adopted at higher magnetic field strength because of specific absorption rate constraints. For these reasons, we have implemented a method that exploits T2 shortening in deoxygenated blood. The hypothesis was tested whether this method enables contrast generation between the venous blood-pool and the surrounding structures at 3 T.