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The steady-state free precession (SSFP) method has been shown to exhibit strong potential for distortion-free functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). One major challenge of SSFP fMRI is that the frequency band corresponding to the highest functional sensitivity is extremely narrow, leading to substantial loss of functional contrast in the presence of(More)
A telecommunication system produces daily a large amount of alarm data which contains hidden valuable information about the system behavior. The knowledge discovered from alarm data can be used in finding problems in networks and possibly in predicting severe faults. In this paper, we devise a solution procedure for mining sequential alarm patterns from the(More)
PURPOSE One of the technical advantages of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is its precise localization of changes from neuronal activities. While current practice of fMRI acquisition at voxel size around 3 × 3 × 3 mm(3) achieves satisfactory results in studies of basic brain functions, higher spatial resolution is required in order to resolve(More)
PURPOSE Regurgitant fraction (RF) measured from 2D phase-contrast MRI has been used as a standard to quantitate the degree of pulmonary regurgitation and serves as a determinant indicator of prognosis for tetralogy of Fallot after surgical repair. This study demonstrated the potential underestimate of RF using the conventional definition and its impact on(More)
The dual echo steady-state (DESS) sequence has been shown successful in achieving fast T2 mapping with good precision. Under-estimation of T2, however, becomes increasingly prominent as the flip angle decreases. In 3D DESS imaging, therefore, the derived T2 values would become a function of the slice location in the presence of non-ideal slice profile of(More)
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