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Magn Reson Med. 1999 Jun;41(6):1246-54.

QUIPSS II with thin-slice TI1 periodic saturation: a method for improving accuracy of quantitative perfusion imaging using pulsed arterial spin labeling.

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Biophysics Research Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 53226, USA.


Quantitative imaging of perfusion using a single subtraction, second version (QUIPSS II) is a pulsed arterial spin labeling (ASL) technique for improving the quantitation of perfusion imaging by minimizing two major systematic errors: the variable transit delay from the distal edge of the tagged region to the imaging slices, and the contamination by intravascular signal from tagged blood that flows through the imaging slices. However, residual errors remain due to incomplete saturation of spins over the slab-shaped tagged region by the QUIPSS II saturation pulse, and spatial mismatch of the distal edge of the saturation and inversion slice profiles. By replacing the original QUIPSS II saturation pulse with a train of thin-slice periodic saturation pulses applied at the distal end of the tagged region, the accuracy of perfusion quantitation is improved. Results of single and multislice studies are reported.

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