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Abstract #0510

Magnetization Prepared ZTE to address Multiple Diagnostic Contrasts

Peter Brnert 1,2 , Jan Groen 3 , Jouke Smink 3 , and Kay Nehrke 1

1 Philips Research, Hamburg, Germany, 2 Radiology, LUMC, Leiden, Netherlands, 3 Philips Healthcare, Best, Netherlands

Zero echo time (ZTE) imaging allows visualizing short T2-signal components at almost silent scan operation. But due to flip angle limitations the signal is proton density dominated and has poor image contrast. Thus, magnetization preparation is an appropriate approach to manipulate the contrast in ZTE (including: fat suppression, T1-, T2-weighting). A comparison has been made between ZTE, Ultra-short echo time imaging and conventional Cartesian sampling showing similar contrast options and flexibility among those with almost silent operation for ZTE and the advantage of visualizing short T2 components.

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