High frame-rate simultaneous bilateral breast DCE-MRI.
Lawrence Dougherty, Gamaliel Isaac, Mark A Rosen, Linda W Nunes, Peter J Moate, Raymond C Boston, Mitchell D Schnall, Hee Kwon Song
Magn Reson Med | Published : 2007
A simultaneous bilateral back-projection method for 3D dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE)-MRI of the breasts was developed and evaluated. Using a double-side band modulation of the RF slab excitation pulse, discontinuous volumes that included both breasts were simultaneously selected. The number of slice phase-encoding steps was undersampled by a factor of 2, and the resulting signal aliasing from one volume to the other was removed using SENSE processing. In-plane encoding was performed with an interleaved radial acquisition reconstructed using dynamic k-space-weighted image contrast (KWIC) temporal filtering. Image resolution was 0.5 x 0.5 x 3.0 mm(3) with an effective temporal resolution of ..View full abstract