Stefan Haneder1, Katrin Koziel1, John N. Morelli2, Philipp Riffel1, Stefan O. Schoenberg1, Henrik J. Michaely1
1Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Mannheim, Baden-Wrttemberg, Germany; 2Scott and White Memorial Hospital and Clinic, Texas A&M University Health Sciences Center, Temple, TX, United States
The study compares a fast 3D VIBE sequence with Dixon fat saturation and CAIPIRINHA acceleration techniques (3D VIBECAIPI-DIXON) to a standard 2D FLASH sequence with spectral fat saturation and conventional GRAPPA acceleration technique (2D FlashGRAPPA-fs) for non-enhanced imaging of the pancreas in an intra-individual clinical setting. Qualitative assessments and semi-quantitative signal ratio measurements were performed. To complement this clinical data, we acquired quantitative phantom measurements to obtain objective signal-to-noise ratios. 3D VIBECAIPI-DIXON enables robust pancreatic imaging with an acquisition time of 12 seconds, providing homogenous fat suppression and a higher pancreas to fat signal ratio than conventional 2D FlashGRAPPA-fs.