Gradient Echo Plural Contrast Imaging - Signal model and derived contrasts: T2 *, T1, Phase, SWI, T1f, FST2 *and T2 *-SWI

Jie Luo, Bharathi D. Jagadeesan, Anne H. Cross, Dmitriy A. Yablonskiy

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Abstract

Gradient Echo Plural Contrast Imaging (GEPCI) is a post processing technique that, based on a widely available multiple gradient echo sequence, allows simultaneous generation of naturally co-registered images with various contrasts: T1 weighted, R2* = 1/T2* maps and frequency (f) maps. Herein, we present results demonstrating the capability of GEPCI technique to generate image sets with additional contrast characteristics obtained by combing the information from these three basic contrast maps. Specifically, we report its ability to generate GEPCI-susceptibility weighted images (GEPCI-SWI) with improved SWI contrast that is free of T1 weighting and RF inhomogeneities; GEPCI-SWI-like images with the contrast similar to original SWI; T1f images that offer superior GM/WM matter contrast obtained by combining the GEPCI T1 and frequency map data; Fluid Suppressed T2* (FST2*) images that utilize GEPCI T1 data to suppress CSF signal in T2* maps and provide contrast similar to FLAIR T2 weighted images; and T2*-SWI images that combine SWI contrast with quantitative T2* map and offer advantages of visualizing venous structure with hyperintense T2* lesions (e.g. MS lesions). To analyze GEPCI images we use an improved algorithm for combining data from multi-channel RF coils and a method for unwrapping phase/frequency maps that takes advantage of the information on phase evolution as a function of gradient echo time in GEPCI echo train.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1073-1082
Number of pages10
JournalNeuroImage
Volume60
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2012

Keywords

  • FLAIR
  • GEPCI
  • MRI
  • Multi-channel coil
  • Multi-contrast MRI
  • Phase
  • Phase unwrapping
  • SWI
  • T2*

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