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Abstract #0335

Knee Cartilage UTE T2* Quantification with Water-Fat Decomposition

Misung Han1, Peng Cao1, Michael Carl2, Thomas M Link 1, Peder EZ Larson1,3, and Roland Krug1

1Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States, 2Global MR Applications and Workflow, General Electric, San Diego, CA, United States, 3Joint Graduate Program in Bioengineering, University of California, San Francisco/Berkeley, San Francsico, CA, United States

Recently, there has been a growing interest in assessing lesions in the deep layers of knee cartilage as a pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Ultrashort echo-time (UTE) T2* mapping in the deep layers has demonstrated great potential to detect early degenerative changes. Fat suppression is normally accompanied to reduce off-resonance artifacts from adjacent fatty tissues; however, it can also suppress significant amount of short T2 tissues and affect quantification. In this work, we quantified cartilage T2* by decomposing fat and water components using no fat-suppressed 3D multi-echo UTE images and demonstrated shorter T2* compared to that from fat-suppressed 3D UTE images.

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