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Abstract #2891

Computationally Rapid Method for Estimating SNR of Arbitrary Parallel MRI Reconstructions

Curtis Nathan Wiens1, Shawn Joseph Kisch2, Jacob David Willig-Onwuachi3, Charles A. McKenzie1,2

1Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada; 2Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada; 3Department of Physics, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA, United States

Existing approaches for measuring parallel MRI SNR are limited because they are not applicable to all reconstructions, require significant computation time or need repeated image acquisitions. A new SNR estimation approach is proposed that is a hybrid of the two acquisition and multiple pseudo replica methods. The difference of two pseudo-images is used to estimate the noise in the acquisition. This gives a computationally rapid method of measuring SNR from a single acquisition. SNR maps using the two pseudo-image method were compared to pseudo-replica. All tests of the proposed method were on average within 1.75%.