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Abstract #0177

Spectral-Spatial Pulse Design for Through-Plane Phase Precompensatory Slice Selection in T2*-Weighted Functional MRI

Chun-yu Yip1, Daehyun Yoon2, Valur Olafsson2, Sangwoo Lee3, William A. Grissom4, Jeffrey A. Fessler2, Douglas C. Noll5

1A.A. Martinos Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Charlestown, MA, USA; 2Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA; 3GE Healthcare, Waukesha, WI, USA; 4Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA; 5Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

T2*-weighted functional MR images suffer from signal loss artifacts caused by the magnetic susceptibility differences between air cavities and brain tissues.