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Abstract #2916

Autocalibrating Correction of Spatially Variant Eddy Currents for Three-Point Dixon Imaging

Holger Eggers1, Adri Duijndam2

1Philips Research, Hamburg, Germany; 2Philips Healthcare, Best, Netherlands

The use of bipolar readout gradients in three-point Dixon imaging increases scan efficiency and separation robustness, but eddy currents lead to phase variations that do not adhere to the assumed linear evolution over echo time. In first approximation, these phase variations are limited to one spatial direction and are easily removed prior to the separation. For large volumes, however, this approximation becomes inaccurate. A correction of these phase variations in all directions that requires no additional calibration data is proposed in this work and demonstrated to substantially improve the fat suppression over large volumes in three-point Dixon imaging.