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Abstract #4038

Bloch simulation-based correction for 2D VFA T1 mapping for fat MR thermometry

Ieva Braskute1, Roel Deckers1, Max A Viergever1, Chrit TW Moonen1, and Lambertus W Bartels1

1Imaging Division, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

For MR-HIFU thermal therapies, specifically in the breast, MR temperature mapping both in aqueous and fatty tissues is desired, as it would improve treatment monitoring compared to MR thermometry in aqueous tissues only. Fat thermometry based on T1-mapping with 2D variable flip angle method offers high temporal resolution; however, 2D T1 mapping suffers from systematic errors caused by non-rectangular 2D slice profile. We propose a Bloch simulation-based 2D T1 correction technique to improve the accuracy of 2D T1 measurements. We demonstrate the proposed correction on simulated and experimental data.

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