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Magn Reson Med. 1998 May;39(5):851-4.

Fast imaging of phosphocreatine using a RARE pulse sequence.

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Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia 19104-2649, USA.


A technique is described for acquiring phosphocreatine (PCr) images of skeletal muscle using a rapid acquisition with relaxation enhancement (RARE) pulse sequence. All of the phosphorus metabolites other than PCr are forced to dephase within the first few echoes, whereas the Carr-Purcell Meiboom-Gill (CPMG) pulse sequence maintains a high PCr signal long enough to acquire 64 echoes in a single shot. Axial PCr images of a human forearm with a signal-to-noise ratio of 9 were acquired in 2 min. The effect of the refocusing pulse section profile on the ratio of desired to undesired metabolite signal is demonstrated.

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