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Journal of the Korean Physical Society

, Volume 73, Issue 1, pp 138–144 | Cite as

A Robust Self-navigation for Respiratory Gating in 3D Radial Ultrashort Echo-time Lung MRI using Concurrent Dephasing and Excitation

  • Jinil Park
  • Seokwon Lee
  • Taehoon Shin
  • Se-Hong Oh
  • Jang-Yeon Park
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Abstract

Three-dimensional ultrashort echo-time (UTE) imaging with radial k-space acquisition is a well-known MR imaging technique that generates comparable lung images to X-ray and computed tomography (CT). Although researchers have sought to minimize the incidence of motion artifacts, there is still a need to accomplish further reduction of motion artifacts through respiratory gating. In this study, we introduce a robust self-navigation for respiratory gating in 3D radial UTE lung imaging especially based on concurrent dephasing and excitation (CODE). To reduce the baseline fluctuation of self-navigated respiratory signals as well as the dependence on the position of the navigating echoes in the k-space trajectories, both of which originate from varying degrees of steadystate condition outside the fully excited regions of a spin system in CODE-MRI, we proposed a new self-navigation method which applies dual navigating echoes successively in the superior-inferior direction and takes the second navigating echoes for respiratory-motion tracking. The phantom and human experimental results showed that the proposed method successfully suppressed the baseline fluctuations of the navigating-echo signals and the resulting respiratory signals, thereby reducing the respiratory-motion artifacts like blurring in the human lung images thanks to the improved respiratory gating.

Keywords

Self-navigation Respiratory gating 3D radial ultrashort echo-time imaging Lung MRI 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jinil Park
    • 1
  • Seokwon Lee
    • 1
  • Taehoon Shin
    • 2
  • Se-Hong Oh
    • 3
  • Jang-Yeon Park
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical EngineeringSungkyunkwan UniversitySuwonKorea
  2. 2.Division of Mechanical and Biomedical EngineeringEwha Womans UniversitySeoulKorea
  3. 3.Division of Biomedical EngineeringHankuk University of Foreign StudiesYonginKorea
  4. 4.Center for Neuroscience Imaging ResearchInstitute for Basic ScienceSuwonKorea

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