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Combining navigator and optical prospective motion correction for high-quality 500 μm resolution quantitative multi-parameter mapping at 7T
  • Publication Type:
    Journal article
  • Authors:
    Vaculčiaková L, Podranski K, Edwards LJ, Ocal D, Veale T, Fox NC, Haak R, Ehses P, Callaghan MF, Pine KJ, Weiskopf N
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    Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
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    United States
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  • Keywords:
    7T, FID navigator, multi-parameter mapping, physiological artifacts, prospective motion correction, quantitative MRI
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PURPOSE: High-resolution quantitative multi-parameter mapping shows promise for non-invasively characterizing human brain microstructure but is limited by physiological artifacts. We implemented corrections for rigid head movement and respiration-related B0-fluctuations and evaluated them in healthy volunteers and dementia patients. METHODS: Camera-based optical prospective motion correction (PMC) and FID navigator correction were implemented in a gradient and RF-spoiled multi-echo 3D gradient echo sequence for mapping proton density (PD), longitudinal relaxation rate (R1) and effective transverse relaxation rate (R2*). We studied their effectiveness separately and in concert in young volunteers and then evaluated the navigator correction (NAVcor) with PMC in a group of elderly volunteers and dementia patients. We used spatial homogeneity within white matter (WM) and gray matter (GM) and scan-rescan measures as quality metrics. RESULTS: NAVcor and PMC reduced artifacts and improved the homogeneity and reproducibility of parameter maps. In elderly participants, NAVcor improved scan-rescan reproducibility of parameter maps (coefficient of variation decreased by 14.7% and 11.9% within WM and GM respectively). Spurious inhomogeneities within WM were reduced more in the elderly than in the young cohort (by 9% vs. 2%). PMC increased regional GM/WM contrast and was especially important in the elderly cohort, which moved twice as much as the young cohort. We did not find a significant interaction between the two corrections. CONCLUSION: Navigator correction and PMC significantly improved the quality of PD, R1, and R2* maps, particularly in less compliant elderly volunteers and dementia patients.
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