A method is described for rapidly obtaining a multipoint estimate of T1 from a sample that is homogeneous over a few millimeters. An image of the longitudinal recovery curve is produced through the application of successive “pre-inversion” slices that are perpendicular to the imaging slice. These pre-inversion pulses are analogous to pre-saturation pulses, but they are much thinner and the tip angle is 180°. The baseline for the recovery is measured from sections of the sample that have not been perturbed by the slice selective pre-inversion pulses. The existence of the baseline value and the lack of slice profile effects allows a quick T1 estimate (QT1) to be made with a simple linear regression algorithm. The QT1 values are found to correlate very well with T1 values measured with the scanner in “spectrometer” mode, for volumes as small as 5×5×5 mm. Possible applications are T1 estimates in homogeneous samples and tissues, and scouting the T1 range of a tissue to be measured with higher resolution volume localization techniques.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging