Eric C. Wong1, Jia Guo2
1Radiology and Psychiatry, UC
The BIR-4 pulse was recently shown to be useful for B1 and B0 insensitive T2 preparation. We report here an extension of this concept that includes the use of symmetrical gradient pulses inserted at the zero points of the BIR-4 pulse to impart velocity selectivity. The resulting velocity selective module is time efficient, and has better B1 insensitivity than existing methods based on adiabatic double spin echoes. Application to velocity selective arterial spin labeling is demonstrated.