Cardiac SSFP imaging at 3 Tesla.

  title={Cardiac SSFP imaging at 3 Tesla.},
  author={Michael Sch{\"a}r and Sebastian Kozerke and Stefan E. Fischer and Peter Boesiger},
  journal={Magnetic resonance in medicine},
  volume={51 4},
Balanced steady-state free precession (SSFP) techniques provide excellent contrast between myocardium and blood at a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). Hence, SSFP imaging has become the method of choice for assessing cardiac function at 1.5T. The expected improvement in SNR at higher field strength prompted us to implement SSFP at 3.0T. In this work, an optimized sequence protocol for cardiac SSFP imaging at 3.0T is derived, taking into account several partly adverse effects at higher field… CONTINUE READING

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