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Magn Reson Med. 2001 Apr;45(4):720-3.

T(1) quantification with inversion recovery TrueFISP.

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Section of Medical Physics, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Freiburg, Germany.


A snapshot FLASH sequence can be used to acquire the time course of longitudinal magnetization during its recovery after a single inversion pulse. However, excitation pulses disturb the exponential recovery of longitudinal magnetization and may produce systematic errors in T(1) estimations. In this context the possibility of using the TrueFISP sequence to detect the recovery of longitudinal magnetization for quantitative T(1) measurements was examined. Experiments were performed on different Gd-doped water phantoms and on humans. T(1) values derived from inversion recovery TrueFISP were in excellent agreement with the single-point method even for flip angles up to 50 degrees. In terms of T(1) accuracy and SNR, the proposed method seems to be superior to the conventional inversion recovery snapshot FLASH technique. Magn Reson Med 45:720-723, 2001.

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