A technique is described for acquiring phosphocreatine (PCr) images of skeletal muscle using a rapid acquisition with relaxation enhancement (RARE) pulse sequence. All of the phosphorus metabolites other than PCr are forced to dephase within the first few echoes, whereas the Carr-Purcell Meiboom- Gill (CPMG) pulse sequence maintains a high PCr signal long enough to acquire 64 echoes in a single shot. Axial PCr images of a human forearm with a signal-to-noise ratio of 9 were acquired in 2 min. The effect of the refocusing pulse seotion profile on the ratio of desired to undesired metabolite signal is demonstrated.
- Multiecho sequence
- Phosphorus Imaging
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging