Balanced steady state-free precession (b-SSFP) imaging for MRCP: techniques and applications

James F. Glockner, Christine U. Lee

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Balanced steady state-free precession (b-SSFP) pulse sequences have a number of properties which can be useful in magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), including short acquisition times, high signal-to-noise ratios, and T2/T1 contrast weighting. The utility and versatility of b-SSFP sequences for MRCP imaging are probably underappreciated, and this pictorial essay briefly discusses benefits and limitations of 2D and 3D b-SSFP techniques used in place of or in addition to conventional single-shot fast spin echo or 3D fast spin echo acquisitions and illustrates their appearance in several clinical cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1309-1322
Number of pages14
JournalAbdominal Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2014


  • Biliary
  • MRCP
  • Steady state free precession

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology
  • Urology


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