Gerrit Schultz1, Maxim Zaitsev1, Peter Ullmann2, Heinrich Lehr2, Jrgen Hennig1
1Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Medical Physics, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany; 2Bruker Biospin MRI GmbH, Ettlingen, Germany
This contribution deals with an important aspect of imaging: Noise. In particular noise in PatLoc imaging. This imaging modality is a new concept, where the gradients are replaced by coils, which generate nonlinear, non-bijective encoding fields. Non-bijective encoding leads to ambiguities in the resulting images, which can be resolved by means of parallel imaging reconstruction methods. A common feature of such methods is that the SNR varies from point to point. An explicit mathematical expression of SNR is derived for a reconstruction algorithm, which is applicable to Cartesian sampling patterns. The theoretical predictions are then validated by comparing them to simulation results.