PD weighted spin-echo images

Dr Craig Hacking and Dr Zach Drew et al.

Proton-density weight images are related to the number of nuclei in the area being imaged (number of hydrogen protons), as opposed to the magnetic characteristics of the hydrogen nuclei. They are produced from the first echo. PD weight images result when the contribution of both T1 and T2 contrast is minimized.  They have a long TR (2000+ms) to minimize T1 differences because all tissues exhibit full longitudinal relaxation prior to the next 90 degrees RF pulse. They have a short TE (TE1, 20ms) to minimize T2 differences. High PD tissues appear bright.

Physics and Imaging Technology: MRI
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rID: 60744
Tag: physics, mri
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  • Proton density weighted spin-echo images

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