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Abstract #0375

A Simple and Fast Flip Angle Calibration Method

Sofia Chavez1, Greg Stanisz2

1Imaging Research, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada

A simple flip angle calibration method is introduced. It relies on the quasi-linear characteristics of the signal vs flip angle curve for a spoiled gradient recalled echo at large flip angles and for short repetition time. A straight-line extrapolation is used to determine the signal null point, occurring for a true flip angle of 180. The data at each pixel is fit to yield a map of the flip angle calibration factor (k). The resulting k map is shown to be in good agreement with that resulting from the standard double angle method in a much shorter acquisition time.