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Abstract #3825

A Dual-Echo bSSFP Imaging Method for Proton Resonance Frequency-Based Thermometry and Analysis of Phase Behavior in bSSFP

Seohee So1, JaeJin Cho1, Kinam Kwon1, Byungjai Kim1, and HyunWook Park1

1School of Electrical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea, Republic of

Proton resonance frequency thermometry is useful to estimate temperature change that is proportional to the resonance frequency change. In this study, we propose a dual-echo bSSFP thermometry method that generates a high intensity signal and linear phase to the frequency shift. Off-centered acquisition in the balanced steady-state free precession creates an imperfect linear phase with respect to the frequency shift. The dual-echo acquisition method compensates for the phase nonlinearity and generates phase information that is linearly proportional to the frequency shift. This phase linearization makes it possible to accurately measure the proton resonance frequency shift caused by temperature change.

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