We test a hypothesis that proton T1 is accurately measured independent of the physics inherent to the method. We used two well-validated but quite different imaging methods to measure T1 in phantoms and in humans; an echo-planar imaging T-one measurement (EPITOME) method, and a segmented k-space acquisition precise and accurate inversion recovery (TurboPAIR) method. Agreement between the methods was generally excellent; the square of the correlation coefficient (r2) in phantoms was 0.9996. The r2 in brain tissue of volunteers was 0.79 overall, and 0.85 if cortical gray matter and corpus callosum were excluded. Nevertheless, small but significant differences were observed between methods in vivo and T1 measurements were sensitive to tissue type, although measurements could be made comparable. The major difference between the methods is that EPITOME takes 97 s to image 15 slices at low resolution, while TurboPAIR takes 240 s to image one slice at high resolution.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
- Biomedical Engineering