Fast multislice mapping of the myelin water fraction using multicompartment analysis of T2* decay at 3T: A preliminary postmortem study

Yiping P. Du, Renxin Chu, Do Sik Hwang, Mark S. Brown, Bette K. Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, Debra Singel, Jack H. Simon

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Quantitative mapping of the myelin water content can provide significant insight into the pathophysiology of several white matter diseases, such as multiple sclerosis and leukoencephalopathies, and can potentially become a useful clinical tool for early diagnosis of these diseases. In this study, multicompartment analysis of T2* decay (MCAT2*) was used for the quantitative mapping of myelin water fraction (MWF). T 2* decay of each voxel at multiple slice locations was acquired in fixed human brains using a multigradient-echo (MGRE) pulse sequence with alternating readout gradient polarities. Compared to prior techniques using Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill (CPMG) acquisition, the MGRE acquisition approach has: 1) a very short first echo time (≈2 ms) and echo-spacing (≈1 ms), which allows for the acquisition of multiple sampling points during the fast decay of the myelin water signal; 2) a low RF duty cycle, which is especially important for achieving acceptable specific absorption rate (SAR) levels at high field strengths. Multicompartment analysis was then applied to the T 2* decay in each pixel using a 3-pool model of white matter to detect the signal arising from the myelin water, myelinated axonal water, and mixed water compartments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)865-870
Number of pages6
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Nov 1


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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