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

Purpose To compare motion tracking by 2 modern methods (fat navigators [FatNavs] and Moir' 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, 2 different navigator resolution were applied. 0.5 mm isotropic MP2RAGE images with simultaneous MPT and FatNavs tracking were acquired in 9 cooperative subjects with no intentional motion. Retrospective motion corrections based on both tracking modalities were compared qualitatively and quantitatively. The FatNavs impact on quantitative T-1 maps was also investigated. Results Both methods showed good agreement within a 0.3 mm/degrees margin in subjects that moved very little. Higher resolution FatNavs (2 mm) showed overall better agreement with MPT than 4 mm 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 T-1 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.


Published in:
Magnetic Resonance In Medicine
Year:
2019
ISSN:
0740-3194
1522-2594
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