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Two-exponential analysis of spin-spin proton relaxation times in MR imaging using surface coils

L. Schad, G. Brix, W. Semmler, F. Gückel and W. Lorenz

Magn Reson Imaging, 7 (4), pp.357-362

Proton relaxation time measurements were performed on a standard whole body MR imager operating at 1.5 T using a conventional surface coil of the manufacturer. A combined CP/CPMG multiecho, multislice sequence was used for the T1 and T2 relaxation time measurements. Two repetition times of 2000 ms (30 echoes) and 600 ms (2 echoes) with 180 degrees-pulse intervals of 2 tau = 22 ms were interleaved in this sequence. A two-exponential T2 analysis of each pixel of the spin-echo images was computed in a case of an acoustic neurinoma. The two-exponential images show a "short" component (T2S) due to white and gray matter and a "long" component (T2S) due to the cerebrospinal fluid. In the fatty tissue two components with T2S = 35 +/- 3 ms and T2L = 164 +/- 7 ms were measured. Comparing with Gd-DTPA imaging the relaxation time images show a clear differentiation of vital tumor tissue and cerebrospinal fluid.

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