Shr-Tai Liou1, Hsiao-Wen Chung1, Wei-Tang Chang2, Fa-Hsuan Lin2,3
1Graduate Institute of Biomedical
Electronics and Bioinformatics, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; 2Institute
of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan; 3A.
We propose the eigenspace L1-norm beamformer, a new novel technique for ultrafast MR inverse imaging (InI) reconstruction. This method minimizes the amplitude of the beamformer output quantified by the L1-norm of the spatial filter coefficients. We tested this method to reconstruct functional MR InI measurements using a visuomotor task. Results show that the eigenspace L1-norm beamformer can detect BOLD contrast functional activity and provide higher spatial resolution than linear constrained minimum variance (LCMV) beamformer in both motor and visual cortices.