Yoshitaka Bito1, Koji Hirata1, Satoshi Hirata1, Toru Shirai1, Toshihiko Ebisu2, Yuko Kawai3, Yosuke Otake1, Yoshihisa Soutome1, Hisaaki Ochi1, Masahiro Umeda3, Toshihiro Higuchi4, Chuzo Tanaka4
1Central Research Laboratory, Hitachi, Ltd., Kokubunji-shi, Tokyo, Japan; 2Neurosurgery, Nantan General Hospital, Nantan-shi, Kyoto, Japan; 3Medical Informatics, Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, Nantan-shi, Kyoto, Japan; 4Neurosurgery, Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, Nantan-shi, Kyoto, Japan
High-speed spectroscopic imaging using the echo-planar technique is sometimes distorted by eddy currents. We developed an eddy current correction technique for time-domain-interleaved blipped-phase-encoding echo-planar spectroscopic imaging (TDI-BPE-EPSI). This technique uses correction of spatial shift due to chemical shifts in the blipped-phase-encoding direction before applying eddy current correction based on the water signal. Correction of eddy currents is demonstrated by applying this technique to a phantom and a rat brain in vivo. This technique is shown to be also useful in diffusion-weighted spectroscopic imaging, which causes more eddy currents due to strong diffusion gradients.