Quantitative DCE-MRI Analysis without an Arterial Input Function: A Comparison Study with Compartment Modeling in Liver Lesions
Ramin Jafari1, Pascal Spincemaille2, Martin R. Prince2, Liangdong Zhou1, and Yi Wang1
1Cornell University, New York, NY, United States, 2Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY, United States
Dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) is a noninvasive techniques to study dynamics of enhancement curves after administration of contrast agent. The traditional Kety’s based compartment modeling requires an arterial input function (AIF) to estimate perfusion parameters. Estimated perfusion parameters are highly dependent on the selected AIF including its magnitude and shape. We propose Quantitative transport mapping (QTM) which doesn’t require an AIF and incorporates both temporal and spatial dynamics of the contrast agent for similar analysis.
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