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Neuroimage. 2012 Oct 15;63(1):540-52. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.06.076. Epub 2012 Jul 14.

Quantitative proton density mapping: correcting the receiver sensitivity bias via pseudo proton densities.

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Brain Imaging Center, University Frankfurt, Germany.


Most methods for mapping proton densities (PD) in brain tissue are based on measuring all parameters influencing the signal intensity with subsequent elimination of any weighting not related to PD. This requires knowledge of the receiver coil sensitivity profile (RP), the measurement of which can be problematic. Recently, a method for compensating the influence of RP non-uniformities on PD data at a field strength of 3T was proposed, based on bias field correction of spoiled gradient echo image data to remove the low spatial frequency bias imposed by RP variations from uncorrected PD maps. The purpose of the current study was to present and test an independent method, based on the well-known linear relationship between the longitudinal relaxation rate R1 and 1/PD in brain tissue. For healthy subjects, RP maps obtained with this method and the resulting PD maps are very similar to maps based on bias field correction, and quantitative PD values acquired with the new independent method are in very good agreement with literature values. Furthermore, both methods for PD mapping are compared in the presence of several pathologies (multiple sclerosis, stroke, meningioma, recurrent glioblastoma).

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