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Abstract #5151

A New Contrast Mechanism for Parametric Segmentation of MRI Using Alternating RF Pulses in bSSFP Sequence

Joonsoo Kim1,2, Hyunseok Seo2, Sungpil Jung2, JaeMoon Jo2, Seohee So1, and HyunWook Park1

1Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Republic of Korea, 2Samsung Electronics, Suwon, Republic of Korea

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology offers the most important diagnostic information for musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders, in comparison to other imaging modalities (1). However, human MSK system contains a lot of fat, by which the important tissue signals from the cartilage and the synovial fluid are obstructed. Even with fat suppression techniques, it is still difficult to distinguish tissues having similar proton density (PD), T1, and T2 values. In this abstract, a new contrast enhancing method for the color MR image based on parametric segmentation is introduced, using the modified bSSFP pulse sequence.

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