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Fat navigators and Moiré phase tracking comparison for motion estimation and retrospective correction

Gretsch, Frederic, Mattern, Hendrik, Gallichan, Daniel ORCID: and Speck, Oliver 2019. Fat navigators and Moiré phase tracking comparison for motion estimation and retrospective correction. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 83 (1) , pp. 83-93. 10.1002/mrm.27908

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Purpose: To compare motion tracking by two modern methods (fat navigators - FatNavs and Moiré phase tracking - MPT) as well as their performance for retrospective correction of very high resolution acquisitions. Methods: A direct comparison of FatNavs and MPT motion parameters was performed for several deliberate motion patterns to estimate the agreement between methods. In addition, two different navigator resolution were applied. 0.5 mm isotropic MP2RAGE images with simultaneous MPT and FatNavs tracking were acquired in nine cooperative subjects with no intentional motion. Retrospective motion corrections based on both tracking modalities were compared qualitatively and quantitatively. The FatNavs impact on quantitative T1 maps was also investigated. Results: Both methods showed good agreement within a 0.3 mm/° margin in subjects that moved very little. Higher resolution FatNavs (2mm) showed overall better agreement with MPT than 4mm resolution ones, except for fast and large motion. The retrospective motion corrections based on MPT or FatNavs were at par in 33 cases out of 36, and visibly improved image quality compared to the uncorrected images. In separate fringe cases, both methods suffered from their respective potential shortcomings: unreliable marker attachment for MPT and poor temporal resolution for FatNavs. The magnetization transfer induced by the navigator RF pulses had a visible impact on the T1 values distribution, with a shift of the gray and white matter peaks of 12 ms at most. Conclusion: This work confirms both FatNavs and MPT as excellent retrospective motion correction methods for very high resolution imaging of cooperative subjects.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QC Physics
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0740-3194
Funders: Swiss National Science Foundation, NIH, Leenards and Jeantet Foundations
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 June 2019
Date of Acceptance: 25 June 2019
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2023 14:21

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