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Abstract #0412

Respiratory and cardiac non-rigid motion correction for cardiac PET-MR

Christoph Kolbitsch 1 , Mark Ahlman 2 , Michael Hansen 3 , Javier Royuela del Val 1,4 , Peter Kellman 3 , David A. Bluemke 2 , and Tobias Schaeffter 1

1 Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering, King's College London, London, London, United Kingdom, 2 Clinical Center, Radiology and Imaging Sciences, National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States, 3 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States, 4 Laboratorio de Procesado de Imagen, Universidad de Valladolid, Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain

Positron emission tomography (PET) is commonly used to diagnose and assess ischemic heart disease. Respiratory and cardiac motion during data acquisition can severely impair the obtained cardiac perfusion information. Here we present a simultaneous PET-MR acquisition technique, which yields 3D high-resolution anatomical MR images and non-rigid motion information of both respiratory and cardiac movement. Both types of motion information can be used to compensate for artefacts in PET and MR images. The feasibility of the motion compensated PET-MR approach is demonstrated.

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