Stefan Weick1, Philipp Ehses2, Martin Blaimer2, Felix A. Breuer2, Peter M. Jakob1,2
1Experimental Physics 5, University of Wuerzburg, Wuerzburg, Bavaria, Germany; 2Research Center for Magnetic Resonance Bavaria (MRB), Wuerzburg, Germany
In this work, the human lung was examined under free breathing conditions using the k-space center signal for retrospective respiratory self-gating. The partition and phase encoding of a 3D FLASH sequence were played out in a quasi-random order. The quasi-random sampling results in improved ghost artifact reduction and leads to a very uniformly distribution of missing lines in k-space enabling successful iterative GRAPPA reconstruction. It is shown that the combination of retrospective self-gating with quasi-random sampling is a more robust strategy than the combination with conventional sampling allowing for better image quality in shorter scan time.