Optimized magnetic tissue tagging sequence for echo-planar imaging

Faruq Al-Omari, Michael Chwialkowski, Geoffrey Clarke, Ronald Peshock

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Magnetic tissue tagging is becoming a very viable non-invasive tool in the assessment of the myocardium. Landmarks are introduced on the reconstructed MR heart image, which are otherwise missing in the cardiac anatomy. Quantification of the myocardial function relies on the accuracy of the tag detection and tracking algorithms. Perfecting the tagging process simplifies the detection and tracking procedure and results in a more reliable assessment of the myocardium. The main goal of this study was to investigate and control factors that govern the persistence, contrast to noise ratio, and morphological properties of magnetic tissue tagging by optimizing an imaging sequence with a perfected group of tags. To accomplish this goal, an algorithm has been developed to optimize the RF excitation pulse associated with the tagging sequence. This algorithm took into account the time duration of the RF pulse, the number of tags, the width of each tag as well as the center-to-center distance between the tags. The flip angle on the tagged region, the gradient properties of the tags profile line, the contrast to noise properties and the persistence of the tag lines over the consecutive frames were also examined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-150
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1998 11th IEEE Symposium on Computer-Based Medical Systems - Lubbock, TX, USA
Duration: Jun 12 1998Jun 14 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Computer Science Applications


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