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Abstract #5070

Improved PSF-Based EPI Distortion Correction in Human Imaging at 7 Tesla

Myung-Ho In1, Jun-Young Jung2, Se-Hong Oh2, Maxim Zaitsev3, Zang-Hee Cho2, Oliver Speck1

1Department Biomedical Magnetic Resonance, Institute for Experimental Physics, Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany; 2Neuroscience Research Institute, Gachon University of Medicine and Science, Inchoen, Korea, Republic of; 3Department of Radiologic Research, Medical Physics, University Hospital Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

This method proposes an improved method with which distortions in EPI images in the ultra high field MRI such as 7.0 Tesla can be correct automatically and with high fidelity. The correction is a modification and extension of the point spread function (PSF) method previously developed. In addition to more precise mapping and correction of blurring, the method removes flow induced artifacts which can cause errors in the shift map derived from the PSF. The advantages of the proposed method for the correction of geometric distortions in EPI are demonstrated in human brain in vivo at 7.0 Tesla.