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Abstract #1828

Myelin Water Fraction with Bipolar Multiecho sequences using k-space shift correction

Hongpyo Lee1, Yoonho Nam2, Min-Oh Kim1, Dongyeob Han1, and Dong-Hyun Kim1

1School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of, 2Department of Radiology, Seoul St. Mary Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea, Republic of

Recently, myelin water fraction was investigated using multi-echo GRE data. Generally, to ensure phase consistency among the echoes, multi-echo acquisitions use unipolar gradients. However, these unipolar gradient multi-echo sequences reduce acquisition efficiency and increase echo spacing. Bipolar gradients would be preferential however, k-space misregistration induced by readout gradient delays and eddy-currents make phase errors, so severe artifacts occur in myelin water imaging. In this abstract, we present a MWI using bipolar gradient multi-echo GRE sequence with k-space shift correction. Compared to unipolar MWF, k-space shift corrected bipolar MWF yields a reduction in ΔTE, which leads to improved SNR and more accurate quantification.

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