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Abstract #3725

High-resolution 3D T2 mapping of the Brain Using T2-prepared Cartesian Spiral Phyllotaxis FLASH and Compressed Sensing

Emilie Priscille Claire Mussard1,2,3, Tom Hilbert1,2,3, Christoph Forman4, Reto Meuli2, Jean-Philippe Thiran3, and Tobias Kober1,2,3

1Advanced Clinical Imaging Technology, Siemens Healthcare AG, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2Department of Radiology, University Hospital (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland, 3LTS5, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland, 4HC DI MR PI TIO CARD, Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Erlangen, Germany

Brain T2 relaxometry can provide sensitive biomarkers for pathological tissue alterations, especially inflammation. But their acquisition is often 2D-based and typically comes with long acquisition times. To improve through-slice resolution while keeping a clinically feasible scan time, we propose a centric T2-prepared variable-density Cartesian spiral phyllotaxis FLASH sequence combined with a compressed sensing reconstruction. Phantom experiments and a preliminary in-vivo scan show that T2 values can be reliably measured in 3D with high resolution. Parameter dependencies are evaluated and an initial protocol optimisation yields an acquisition time of 8.48min for a 1x1x1.2mm3 whole-brain acquisition.

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