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Abstract #2851

Comparison of Different Methods for B1+/flip Angle and Reception Sensitivity Mapping

Valentina Hartwig1,2, Nicola Vanello3, Giulio Giovannetti1, Maria Fillomena Santarelli1, Luigi Landini3

1Institute of Clinical Physiology, CNR, Pisa, Italy, Italy; 2Department of Electrical Systems and Automation, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, Italy; 3Department of Information Engineering, University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, Italy

Knowledge of transmission field B1+, and reception sensitivity maps is important in high field (>=3T) human Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging for several aspects: these include post acquisition correction of intensity inhomogeneities, that may affect the quality of images, and modelling and design of radiofrequency (RF) coils and pulses. Moreover, in recent works, it has been demonstrated that B1 maps can be used for the direct calculation of tissues electrical parameters and for estimating the local Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) in vivo. In this study a comparison among known methods for B1+/flip angle and reception sensitivity mapping is introduced.