Daniel Stb1, Felix A. Breuer2, Christian Oliver Ritter1, Dietbert Hahn1, Herbert Kstler1
1Institute of Radiology, University of Wrzburg, Wrzburg, Germany; 2Research Center Magnetic Resonance Bavaria, Wrzburg, Germany
Applying CAIPIRINHA with an acceleration factor higher than the number of simultaneously acquired slices allows accelerating the imaging procedure in slice and phase encoding direction. The concept facilitates myocardial first-pass perfusion imaging with high spatial resolution and extended anatomic coverage of 6 to 8 slices every heart beat. In-vivo volunteer and patient studies are presented showing excellent image quality at a high spatial resolution of 2.0 x 2.0 mm2. Being easy to implement and providing short reconstruction times, the technique is suitable for application in clinical routine.