Christopher Thomas Sica1, Zhipeng Cao1, Sukhoon Oh1, Christopher M. Collins1
RF inhomogeneity greatly affects the quality of MR imaging at high field strength, and compensation methods typically require accurate B1+ maps for optimum performance. Comparison of B1+ mapping methods based on experimental results alone is limited by lack of knowledge of the true B1+ field distribution. MRI simulation allows for comparison of the true, input B1+ field distribution with a simulated map. This study simulates AFI and a flip angle series method at 3T, utilizing MRI and electromagnetic field simulations. The simulation maps correspond closely to the input B1+ and one another. Experimental maps deviate significantly from one another.