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Abstract #2848

Fast Phase-Modulated B1+ Mapping in the Low Flip-Angle Regime

Astrid L.H.M.W. van Lier1, Johannes M. Hoogduin2, Dennis J.W. Klomp2, Jan J.W. Lagendijk1, Cornelis A.T. van den Berg1

1Radiotherapy, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands; 2Radiology, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

In high-field MRI, phased-arrays are used to mitigate RF issues as excitation field inhomogeneities. In order to design RF pulses that can produces a desired excitation field, the B1+ field per coil must be mapped. We show that it is possible to measure B1+ maps for phased arrays in the low flip angle regime using phase-modulation (PMLF). This technique was validated by a contemporary high-flip angle technique and electromagnetic simulations. The advantages of the PMLF technique over the high-flip angle techniques are its low SAR cost and higher speed.