Sandro Romanzetti1, Christian Carlo Mirkes1, Daniel Fiege1, A. A. Celik1, Jrg Felder1, N. J. Shah1,2
1Institute of Neuroscience & Medicine, Research Centre Juelich, 52425 Juelich, NRW, Germany; 2Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, JARA,, RWTH Aachen University, 52074 Aachen, Germany
Sodium imaging at ultrahigh fields encounters signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) limitations which pose new challenges. Six sequences have been implemented on a 9.4T whole-body scanner and phantom images have been acquired. Individual strengths and weaknesses in SNR, PSF and T2* weighting can be observed. Spiral sequences seem to match the requirements for fast sodium imaging at ultrahigh fields best.