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Abstract #4044

A Fast Multi-Contrast Knee Imaging Method Using a Hybrid bSSFP Pulse Sequence

Hyunseok Seo1, Seohee So1, Byungjai Kim1, Yoonmee Lee1, Kyungtak Min1, and HyunWook Park1

1Electrical Engineering, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Daejeon, Korea, Republic of

To increase the contrast between the bone and the cartilage, fat saturation techniques are additionally applied to the conventional imaging sequences. However, the fat saturation techniques eliminate most of the bone information. Thus, using the modified bSSFP (balanced steady-state free precession) pulse sequence called a hybrid bSSFP pulse sequence, the proposed method offers the multi-contrast knee images with very short imaging time (< 10 sec).

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