Very selective suppression pulses for clinical MRSI studies of brain and prostate cancer

Magn Reson Med. 2000 Jan;43(1):23-33. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1522-2594(200001)43:1<23::aid-mrm4>;2-e.


Focal three-dimensional magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (3D MRSI) methods based on conventional point resolved spectroscopy (PRESS) localization are compromised by the geometric restrictions in volume prescription and by chemical shift registration errors. Outer volume saturation (OVS) pulses have been applied to address the geometric limits, but conventional OVS pulses do little to overcome chemical shift registration error, are not particularly selective, and often leave substantial signals that can degrade the spectra of interest. In this paper, an optimized sequence of quadratic phase pulses is introduced to provide very selective spatial suppression with improved B1 and T1 insensitivity. This method was then validated in volunteer studies and in clinical 3D MRSI exams of brain tumors and prostate cancer.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy / methods*
  • Male
  • Prostatic Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity