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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-56473

Reischauer, C; Vorburger, R S; Wilm, B J; Jaermann, T; Boesiger, P (2012). Optimizing signal-to-noise ratio of high-resolution parallel single-shot diffusion-weighted echo-planar imaging at ultrahigh field strengths. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 67(3):679-690.

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The potential signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) gain at ultrahigh field strengths offers the promise of higher image resolution in single-shot diffusion-weighted echo-planar imaging the challenge being reduced T(2) and T(2) * relaxation times and increased B(0) inhomogeneity which lead to geometric distortions and image blurring. These can be addressed using parallel imaging (PI) methods for which a greater range of feasible reduction factors has been predicted at ultrahigh field strengths-the tradeoff being an associated SNR loss. Using comprehensive simulations, the SNR of high-resolution diffusion-weighted echo-planar imaging in combination with spin-echo and stimulated-echo acquisition is explored at 7 T and compared to 3 T. To this end, PI performance is simulated for coil arrays with a variable number of circular coil elements. Beyond that, simulations of the point spread function are performed to investigate the actual image resolution. When higher PI reduction factors are applied at 7 T to address increased image distortions, high-resolution imaging benefits SNR-wise only at relatively low PI reduction factors. On the contrary, it features generally higher image resolutions than at 3 T due to smaller point spread functions. The SNR simulations are confirmed by phantom experiments. Finally, high-resolution in vivo images of a healthy volunteer are presented which demonstrate the feasibility of higher PI reduction factors at 7 T in practice. Magn Reson Med, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Biomedical Engineering
Dewey Decimal Classification:170 Ethics
610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:22 Jan 2012 20:28
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:27
Publisher DOI:10.1002/mrm.23057
PubMed ID:21702067

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