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Magn Reson Med. 2017 Jul;78(1):79-87. doi: 10.1002/mrm.26342. Epub 2016 Jul 25.

Sparse-SEMAC: rapid and improved SEMAC metal implant imaging using SPARSE-SENSE acceleration.

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1
Department of Radiology, NYU School of Medicine, New York, New York, USA.
2
Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Erlangen, Germany.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To develop an accelerated SEMAC metal implant MRI technique (Sparse-SEMAC) with reduced scan time and improved metal distortion correction.

METHODS:

Sparse-SEMAC jointly exploits the inherent sparsity along the additional phase-encoding dimension and multicoil encoding capabilities to significantly accelerate data acquisition. A prototype pulse sequence with pseudorandom ky -kz undersampling and an inline image reconstruction was developed for integration in clinical studies. Three patients with hip implants were imaged using the proposed Sparse-SEMAC with eight-fold acceleration and compared with the standard-SEMAC technique used in clinical studies (three-fold GRAPPA acceleration). Measurements were performed with SEMAC-encoding steps (SES) = 15 for Sparse-SEMAC and SES = 9 for Standard-SEMAC using high spatial resolution Proton Density (PD) and lower-resolution STIR acquisitions. Two expert musculoskeletal (MSK) radiologists performed a consensus reading to score image-quality parameters.

RESULTS:

Sparse-SEMAC enables up to eight-fold acceleration of data acquisition that results in two-fold scan time reductions, compared with Standard-SEMAC, with improved metal artifact correction for patients with hip implants without degrading spatial resolution.

CONCLUSION:

The high acceleration enabled by Sparse-SEMAC would enable clinically feasible examination times with improved correction of metal distortion. Magn Reson Med 78:79-87, 2017. © 2016 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

KEYWORDS:

SPARSE-SENSE; iterative reconstruction; metal artifacts; metallic implants; parallel imaging

PMID:
27454003
PMCID:
PMC5266741
DOI:
10.1002/mrm.26342
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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