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Measurement reproducibility of slice-interleaved T1 and T2 mapping sequences over 20 months: A single center study

Jang, J; Ngo, LH; Captur, G; Moon, JC; Nezafat, R; (2019) Measurement reproducibility of slice-interleaved T1 and T2 mapping sequences over 20 months: A single center study. PLoS One , 14 (7) , Article e0220190. 10.1371/journal.pone.0220190. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Quantifying reproducibility of native T1 and T2 mapping over a long period (> 1 year) is necessary to assess whether changes in T1 and T2 over repeated sessions in a longitudinal study are associated with variability due to underlying tissue composition or technical confounders. OBJECTIVES: To carry out a single-center phantom study to 1) investigate measurement reproducibility of slice-interleaved T1 (STONE) and T2 mapping over 20 months, 2) quantify sources of variability, and 3) compare reproducibility and measurements against reference spin-echo measurements. METHODS: MR imaging was performed on a 1.5 Tesla Philips Achieva scanner every 2-3 weeks over 20 months using the T1MES phantom. In each session, slice-interleaved T1 and T2 mapping was repeated 3 times for 5 slices, and maps were reconstructed using both 2-parameter and 3-parameter fit models. Reproducibility between sessions, and repeatability between repetitions and slices were evaluated using coefficients of variation (CV). Different sources of variability were quantified using variance decomposition analysis. The slice-interleaved measurement was compared to the spin-echo reference and MOLLI. RESULTS: Slice-interleaved T1 had excellent reproducibility and repeatability with a CV < 2%. The main sources of T1 variability were temperature in 2-parameter maps, and slice in 3-parameter maps. Superior between-session reproducibility to the spin-echo T1 was shown in 2-parameter maps, and similar reproducibility in 3-parameter maps. Superior reproducibility to MOLLI T1 was also shown. Similar measurements to the spin-echo T1 were observed with linear regression slopes of 0.94-0.99, but slight underestimation. Slice-interleaved T2 showed good reproducibility and repeatability with a CV < 7%. The main source of T2 variability was slice location/orientation. Between-session reproducibility was lower than the spin-echo T2 reference and showed good measurement agreement with linear regression slopes of 0.78-1.06. CONCLUSIONS: Slice-interleaved T1 and T2 mapping sequences yield excellent long-term reproducibility over 20 months.

Type: Article
Title: Measurement reproducibility of slice-interleaved T1 and T2 mapping sequences over 20 months: A single center study
Location: United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0220190
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0220190
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science > Clinical Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science > Population Science and Experimental Medicine
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Cardiovascular Science > Population Science and Experimental Medicine > MRC Unit for Lifelong Hlth and Ageing
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10078981
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