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Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi. 2008 Sep 20;64(9):1157-66.

[Trial of artifact reduction in body diffusion weighted imaging development and basic examination of "TRacking Only Navigator"(TRON method)].

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Department of Radiology, Tokai University Hospital.


In recent years, the utility of body diffusion weighted imaging as represented by diffusion weighted whole body imaging with background body signal suppression (DWIBS), the DWIBS method, is very high. However, there was a problem in the DWIBS method involving the artifact corresponding to the distance of the diaphragm. To provide a solution, the respiratory trigger (RT) method and the navigator echo method were used together. A problem was that scan time extended to the compensation and did not predict the extension rate, although both artifacts were reduced. If we used only navigator real time slice tracking (NRST) from the findings obtained by the DWIBS method, we presumed the artifacts would be ameliorable without the extension of scan time. Thus, the TRacking Only Navigator (TRON) method was developed, and a basic examination was carried out for the liver. An important feature of the TRON method is the lack of the navigator gating window (NGW) and addition of the method of linear interpolation prior to NRST. The method required the passing speed and the distance from the volunteer's diaphragm. The estimated error from the 2D-selective RF pulse (2DSRP) of the TRON method to slice excitation was calculated. The condition of 2D SRP, which did not influence the accuracy of NRST, was required by the movement phantom. The volunteer was scanned, and the evaluation and actual scan time of the image quality were compared with the RT and DWIBS methods. Diaphragm displacement speed and the quantity of displacement were determined in the head and foot directions, and the result was 9 mm/sec, and 15 mm. The estimated error was within 2.5 mm in b-factor 1000 sec/mm(2). The FA of 2DSRP was 15 degrees, and the navigator echo length was 120 mm, which was excellent. In the TRON method, the accuracy of NRST was steady because of line interpolation. The TRON method obtained image quality equal to that of the RT method with the b-factor in the volunteer scanning at short actual scan time. The TRON method can obtain image quality equal to that of the RT method in body diffusion weighted imaging within a short time. Moreover, because scan time during planning becomes actual scan time, inspection can be efficiently executed.

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