On the Assessment of Image Inhomogeneity Using T 2 Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Head Phantom for Radiotherapy Treatment Planning: Preliminary Study

Yanurita Dwihapsari*, Edo Asdiantoro, Nurul Maulidiyah

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Abstract

The use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for radiotherapy treatment planning (RTP) is increasing due to excellent tissue contrast and high-resolution images compared to other modalities. However, the issue of image inhomogeneity which affects tissue delineation and contrast during treatment planning needs to be resolved. This study is aimed to qualitatively observe image inhomogeneity in T2-weighted images and T2 measurement using head phantom. Agar hydrogel phantom of various concentrations were used to form inhomogeneous phantom for mimicking tissue variation in the brain in addition to American College of Radiology accredited phantom. T2 images from both phantoms were obtained using fast spin echo sequence with variation of echo time (TE) and repetition time. Image processing was processed to obtain signal intensity and image mapping and the effect of inhomogeneity was observed qualitatively. T2 values were obtained by fitting signal intensity against TE and T2-mapping images were obtained. T2-weighted and T2-mapping images from the experiment provided qualitative description on image inhomogeneity and contrast. The result showed that T2-mapping images offered more information on phantom properties and described image inhomogeneity and contrast better than T2-weighted images. T2 measurement provided an alternative method for better description of image contrast which could enhance localization and tissue delineation in MRI-based RTP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-69
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Magnetic Resonance
Volume51
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020

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