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Abstract #0121

Multiple Echo Diffusion Tensor Acquisition Technique (MEDITATE) Implementation on 3T Clinical Scanner

Steven Baete1, Gene Cho1, 2, Eric E. Sigmund1

1Center for Biomedical Imaging, Dept. of Radiology, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, United States; 2Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY, United States

This abstract describes the implementation of a rapid method to acquire a full diffusion tensor in on a clinical scanner. The method is named the 3D multiple modulation multiple echo diffusion tensor acquisition technique (MEDITATE). MEDITATE employs four rf-pulses and a pattern of diffusion gradients on three gradient axes to encode a train of 17 echoes with different diffusion weightings and directions. The resulting diffusion weighted signals can be used to estimate DTI parameters as demonstrated in a fibrous phantom. This sequence may be useful in clinical applications requiring time-sensitive acquisition of DTI parameters such as dynamical DTI in muscle.