Steven Paul Allen1, Glen R. Morrell2, Brock Peterson1, Daniel Park1, Josh Kaggie2, Ernesto Staroswiecki3, Neal K. Bangerter1
1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, United States; 2Department of Radiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States; 3Department of Radiology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States
Accurate quantification of tissue sodium concentration is an important component of several potential applications of sodium MRI. Quantitative analysis of sodium concentrations requires accurate measurement of B1. However, the low SNR typical in sodium MRI makes accurate B1 mapping in a reasonable time challenging. Phase-sensitive B1 mapping techniques are particularly robust in low SNR environments. In this work, we apply phase sensitive B1 mapping to sodium MRI, and compare it to a standard dual angle B1 mapping method. The phase sensitive method is shown to perform much better than the dual angle method, allowing rapid acquisition of reliable sodium B1 maps.