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Abstract #2831

Fast and Robust B1 Mapping at 7T by the Bloch-Siegert Method

Mohammad Mehdi Khalighi1, Laura I. Sacolick2, W Thomas Dixon3, Ron D. Watkins4, Sonal Josan4, Brian K. Rutt4

1Applied Science Lab, GE Healthcare, Menlo Park, CA, United States; 2Imaging Technologies Lab, General Electric Global Research, Garching b. Munchen, Germany; 3General Electric Global Research, Niskayuna, NY, United States; 4Department of Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States

B1+ mapping is a critical step in the design of RF pulses for parallel transmit systems. We used the Bloch-Siegert (BS) B1+ mapping method and a 2-channel parallel transmit enabled 7T scanner to produce fast, robust and accurate B1+ maps through the human brain. Both B1+ magnitude and phase are obtained from a single sequence, employing +/-4kHz off-resonance BS pulses. B1+ magnitude and phase maps acquired with a 26s BS scan are compared with those acquired with a 640s classical double angle scan, showing that the BS method is a very good candidate for efficient B1+ mapping at 7T.