Comparison of pulsed three-dimensional CEST acquisition schemes at 7 tesla: steady state versus pseudosteady state

Khlebnikov, Vitaliy and Geades, Nicolas and Klomp, Dennis W.J. and Hoogduin, Hans and Gowland, Penny A. and Mougin, Olivier (2017) Comparison of pulsed three-dimensional CEST acquisition schemes at 7 tesla: steady state versus pseudosteady state. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 77 (6). pp. 2280-2287. ISSN 1522-2594

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Abstract

Purpose: To compare two pulsed, volumetric chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) acquisition schemes: steady state (SS) and pseudosteady state (PS) for the same brain coverage, spatial/spectral resolution and scan time.

Methods: Both schemes were optimized for maximum sensitivity to amide proton transfer (APT) and nuclear Overhauser enhancement (NOE) effects through Bloch McConnell simulations, and compared in terms of sensitivity to APT and NOE effects, and to transmit field inhomogeneity. Five consented healthy volunteers were scanned on a 7 Tesla Philips MRsystem using the optimized protocols at three nominal B1 amplitudes: 1 mT, 2 mT, and 3 mT.

Results: Region of interest based analysis revealed that PS is more sensitive (P < 0.05) to APT and NOE effects compared with SS at low B1 amplitudes (0.7–1.0 mT). Also, both sequences have similar dependence on the transmit field inhomogeneity. For the optimum CEST presaturation parameters (1 mT and 2 mT for APT and NOE, respectively), NOE is less sensitive to the inhomogeneity effects (15% signal to noise ratio [SNR] change for a B1 dropout of 40%) compared with APT (35% SNR change for a B1 dropout of 40%).

Conclusion: For the same brain coverage, spatial/spectral resolution and scan time, at low power levels PS is more sensitive to the slow chemical exchange-mediated processes compared with SS.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: CEST; APT; NOE; Volumetric CEST sequence; Steady state; Pseudosteady state
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Physics and Astronomy
Identification Number: 10.1002/mrm.26323
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2016 12:11
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 06:36
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/37824

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