Errors in the assessment of the efficacy of MRI pulse sequences

John C. Gore, Christopher F. Pope, Henry Dirk Sostman

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The effects of the echo delay TE on contrast in saturation recovery MRI have been analyzed both theoretically and with experimental brain scans. It is demonstrated that the influence of the TE values offered as minimal values by all major current equipment manufacturers is not insignificant, but produces a degree of T2 weighting that considerably degrades the useful contrast that could be obtained from T1 weighted studies. Consequently, conclusions drawn about the relative performances of T1 and T2 weighted sequences may be incorrect if based on saturation recovery images obtained with inappropriate echo times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-255
Number of pages5
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986


  • MRI
  • Pulse sequence
  • Relaxation times
  • Spin echo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Structural Biology
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biophysics


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