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Sarvazyan, A.P., Rudenko, O.V., Swanson, S.D., Fowlkes, J.B. and Emelianov, S.Y. (1998) Shear wave elasticity imaging: a new ultrasonic technology of medical diagnostics. Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology, 24, 1419-1435.

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  • TITLE: Partial Volume Effect on MR Elastography

    AUTHORS: Daiki Ito, Tomokazu Numano, Kazuyuki Mizuhara, Toshikatsu Washio, Masaki Misawa, Naotaka Nitta

    KEYWORDS: Magnetic Resonance Elastography, Partial Volume Effect, Artefact, Elasticity, Viscoelasticity

    JOURNAL NAME: Open Journal of Medical Imaging, Vol.7 No.4, September 30, 2017

    ABSTRACT: Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) allows the quantitative assessment of the stiffness of tissues based on the tissue response to oscillatory shear stress. Shear wave displacements of the tissues are encoded as phase shifts and converted to stiffness (elastogram). Generally, a partial volume effect occurs when different materials are encompassed on the same voxel. In MRE, however, the partial volume effect occurs even if the voxel is filled with the same materials because wave displacements due to vibrations are spatially distributed. The purpose of this study was to investigate how the partial volume effect can affect the phase shift and the elastogram in MRE. We assumed that the partial volume effect appears only in the slice thickness direction and performed a simulation and MRE experiment with various slice thicknesses (1 - 19 mm), two types of imaging plane (coronal and axial) and two types of vibration frequency (100 and 200 Hz). The results of the simulation and the MRE experiment were similar, and indicated that the phase shift and the elastogram changed variously depending on the slice thickness, the wave pattern and the vibration frequency, even if the voxel was filled with the same material. To reduce the partial volume effect, it is necessary to perform the MRE under the following conditions: Use a wave pattern which barely causes this artefact, a smaller voxel size and a lower vibration frequency.