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Abstract #4182

Phantom validation of a novel user-configurable ultrashort echo time (UTE) sequence

Lumeng Cui1, Emily J. McWalter1,2, Gerald R. Moran3, and Niranjan Venugopal4
1Division of Biomedical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 2Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, 3Research Collaboration Manager, Siemens Healthcare Limited, Oakville, ON, Canada, 4Department of Radiology, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Ultrashort echo time (UTE) pulse sequences can capture the signal from short T2 tissues. Many UTE techniques have been developed for achieving an ultrashort TE (less than 0.1 ms) or enhancing the short T2 contrast. However, these approaches have not been extensively compared head-to-head due to the lack of a flexible UTE sequence that integrates the different approaches. Therefore, in this work, we developed a versatile UTE sequence that can directly compare UTE approaches and provide options for researchers to choose the appropriate UTE that fit the particular application.

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