Minimizing the echo time in diffusion imaging using spiral readouts and a head gradient system
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Purpose: Diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) is commonly limited by low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) as well as motion artifacts. To address this limitation, a method that allows to maximize the achievable signal yield and increase the resolution in motion robust single-shot DWI is presented. Methods: DWI was performed on a 3T scanner equipped with a recently developed gradient insert (gradient strength: 200 mT/m, slew rate: 600 T/m/s). To further shorten the echo time, Stejskal-Tanner diffusion encoding with a single-shot spiral readout was implemented. To allow non-Cartesian image reconstruction using such strong and fast gradients, the characterization of eddy current and concomitant field effects was performed based on field-camera measurements. Results: An echo time of only 19 ms was achieved for a b-factor of 1000 s/mm2. An in-plane resolution of 0.68 mm was encoded by a single-shot spiral readout of 40.5 ms using 3-fold undersampling. The resulting images did not suffer from off-resonance artifacts and T*2 blurring that are common to single-shot images acquired with regular gradient systems. Conclusion: Spiral diffusion imaging using a head gradient system, together with an accurate characterization of the encoding process allows for a substantial reduction of the echo time, and improves the achievable resolution in motion-insensitive single-shot DWI. © 2020 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Show more
Journal / seriesMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
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Organisational unit03628 - Prüssmann, Klaas P. / Prüssmann, Klaas P.
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