Variation correction algorithm: Analysis of phase suppression and thermal profile fidelity for proton resonance frequency magnetic resonance thermometry at 0.2 T

Kestutis J. Barkauskas, Jonathan S. Lewin, Jeffrey L. Duerk

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Abstract

Purpose: To develop and analyze the performance of the variation correction algorithm (VCA), a phase correction technique that mitigates the contribution of background phase variations by combining accurate alignment of echoes, K-space-based phase correction (as opposed to spatial polynomials), and extraction of alias-free phase difference images. Materials and Methods: A series of echo-shifted gradient-recalled echo (GRE) images was processed with K-space alignment and phase corrected with increasing sizes of M × M masks of central K-space coefficients. The extent of background phase variation suppression due to magnet field drift was assessed. Further, a simulated thermal profile was superimposed on the same data in a related experiment. Residual errors in reconstructed simulated thermal profiles were quantitatively characterized to estimate algorithm performance. Results: Using a 3 × 3 K-space mask, the VCA was able to 1) maintain the typical mean backround error in a 35 × 35 pixel region of interest (ROI) at - 0.1°C; and 2) reconstruct, relative to the applied thermal profile, a phase-corrected profile that typically contains a 1.7°C underestimation of peak temperature difference and a mean error along the 60°C line of -0.8°C. Conclusion: The results suggest that thermal profiles can be accurately reconstructed at 0.2 T using the VCA, even in the presence of over 1 ppm spatially and temporally dependent field drift over a 1-hour time frame.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-240
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003

Keywords

  • Echo alignment
  • Phase correction
  • Phase difference
  • Proton resonance frequency
  • Thermometry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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