Yin-Cheng Kris Huang1, Chun-Jung Juan2,
1Department of Electrical Engineering,
National Taiwan University, Taipei City, Taiwan; 2Department of
Radiology, Tri-Service General Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan
Metallic implants caused image artifacts like in-plane distortion and T2*-related signal loss. As discovered in our preliminary studies that when dental braces were present, there were banding artifacts in the resulted TIDE bSSFP images, while the in-plane distortion was much less severe than the TSE images. The signal loss is likely due to the inherent off-resonance suppression mechanism for the findings of continuous phase drifts rather than random phases. Therefore, we applied system frequency adjustment to validate this hypothesis, and also used post-processing methods to combine the images acquired at various system frequencies, in hope to obtain an artifact-minimized image.