UCLA researchers in the Department of Radiological Sciences have developed a new MRI pulse sequence optimized for brain imaging.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) relies on programed pulse-schemes (or pulse programs) to generate images. These pulse-programs dictate not only the type of information being obtained, but also the quality of the resultant images. Methods such as spin-echo, and gradient echo sequences are utilized to obtain magnetic resonance (MR) data on tissues samples, this information is then used to generate 2D and 3D images. While many advances in both MRI technology and pulse-program design have pushed the utility and resolution of MRI imaging, many yield limited, qualitative, or highly specific information. The development of a complex pulse-program that combines the power of spin-echo and gradient echo schemes could potentially revolutionize MR image and data acquisition.
UCLA researchers led by Prof. Benjamin Ellingson have developed a new multi component spin-echo and gradient echo pulse program for MR imaging related to brain disease such as stroke or tumor. This pulse program uses quadruple spin-echo and echo-gradient sequences to compute quantitative T2, T2*, or R2' measurements. This allows for direct measurement of several clinically relevant biomarkers for cancer or stroke including: vascular penetration, cerebral blood volume, vessel architecture, and vessel diameter, density and size simultaneously.
Obtained preliminary experimental images of brain tumors
|United States Of America||Published Application||20180252789||09/06/2018||2016-153|
Magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, MR, nuclear magnetic resonance, NMR, NMR imaging, spin echo, gradient echo, imaging, T2, T2*, R2, cerebral blood volume, fMRI, pulse program