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Abstract #2412

Oscillating Steady States

Scheffler K, Maderwald S, Ladd M, Bieri O

The signal formation and properties of steady state free precession (SSFP) in combination with alternating RF pulse phases or alternating spin precession is analyzed. Simulations and experiments demonstrate that the amplitudes of SSFP echo paths are significantly influenced by application of alternating phases either via the exciting RF pulse or via some external mechanism producing alternating spin precession. This behavior can be described using a simple perturbation theory applied to the frequency response profile of balanced SSFP combined with a final signal integration over one balanced SSFP band. The high sensitivity of SSFP echo amplitudes to alternating RF pulse phases or precession is exemplarily used to detect and visualize propagating transverse acoustic shear waves.