Blipped multi gradient-echo slice excitation profile imaging (bmGESEPI) for fast T2 * measurements with macroscopic B0 inhomogeneity compensation.
With the rapid development of human MRI at field strengths > or = 7 T, knowledge of T(2) (*) relaxation times at such field strengths is needed to optimize acquisition parameters and understand relaxation mechanisms in many applications. However, standard T(2) (*) measurements (e.g., using conventional multiecho gradient-echo (GE) sequences) are affected by macroscopic static magnetic field (B(0)) inhomogeneities, which are particularly severe at high field strength. The multi-GE slice excitation profile imaging (mGESEPI) method was developed for T(2) (*) measurements in the presence of macroscopic B(0) inhomogeneity, but it requires excessive acquisition times at field strengths > or = 7 T. In this paper a more efficient technique, named blipped mGESEPI (bmGESEPI), is proposed. To demonstrate its advantages, T(2) (*) maps were acquired using a conventional multiecho GE method, the mGESEPI method, and the bmGESEPI method in postmortem and in vivo human brains at 8 T.
Truong, T-K; Chakeres, DW; Scharre, DW; Beversdorf, DQ; Schmalbrock, P
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