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Abstract #3791

Thinking outside the black box: A fully transparent T1 mapping pipeline

Agah Karakuzu1,2, Mathieu Boudreau1,2, Julien Cohen-Adad1,3, and Nikola Stikov1,2
1NeuroPoly Lab, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2Montreal Heart Institute, Montreal, QC, Canada, 3Unité de Neuroimagerie Fonctionnelle (UNF), Centre de recherche de l’Institut Universitaire de Gériatrie de Montréal (CRIUGM), Montreal, QC, Canada

Quantitative MRI is pointless if we cannot peak inside the black box that generates the numbers. This is the main motivation behind our concept for a fully transparent qMRI pipelines starting at the scanner console and extending all the way to a journal publication. In this work, we developed a simple application to demonstrate this for variable flip angle (VFA) T1 mapping. This application exemplifies the feasibility of a vendor-neutral qMRI sequence that is publicly shared under version control (https://github.com/qMRLab/pulse_sequences). Our approach opens a way towards community-driven development and improvement of qMRI applications without the need for specialized programming skills.

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