Inversion profiles of adiabatic inversion pulses for flowing spins: The effects on labeling efficiency and labeling accuracy in perfusion imaging with pulsed arterial spin-labeling

Wang Zhan, Hong Gu, David A. Silbersweig, Emily Stern, Yihong Yang

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Abstract

The inversion profile of adiabatic inversion pulses is essential to the accuracy of perfusion measurement with pulsed arterial spin-labeling (ASL). In this paper, the inversion profiles for flowing spins were investigated using a numerical solution of the modified Bloch equations including a term for moving spins. Inversion profiles for spins flowing at a constant or varying velocity were examined for hyperbolic secant (HS) and frequency-offset corrected inversion (FOCI) pulses. Distortions of the inversion profiles were found for both pulses with spins flowing within physiological velocity range. The effects of the distorted profiles on labeling efficiency and labeling accuracy in the application of pulsed ASL perfusion imaging were analyzed. These effects should be taken into account in ASL techniques, in order to obtain robust and accurate perfusion measurements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-494
Number of pages8
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adiabatic pulse
  • Arterial spin labeling
  • Inversion profile
  • Perfusion imaging

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