A practical guideline for T1 reconstruction from various flip angles in MRI

Constantin Sandmann, Erlend Hodneland, Jan Modersitzki


A fast and robust method for T1 estimation in MRI is the so-called variable flip angle technique. We introduce a novel family of T1 reconstruction methods from data acquired with various flip angles and propose a family member which combines the robustness of a nonlinear- with the computational advantages of a linear reconstruction. The constructed family contains the most common approaches for T1 estimation, namely a linear and a nonlinear approach. A general sensitivity analysis for arbitrary members of the family is established. Advantages of the optimized reconstruction are demonstrated on phantom- as well as real data, showing improvements of up to 24% as compared with the linear method. As a further means to stabilize T1 estimation, spatial stabilization methods are compared. We demonstrate on phantom and on real data that improved results can be obtained if not only T1 but also a second unknown M0 in the reconstruction is stabilized.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Algorithms Computational Technology
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)213-223
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 05.12.2016


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