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Abstract #2228

Simultaneous Multi-Slice Imaging in Combination with Phase-Sensitive Parallel MRI

Morwan Choli1, Felix A. Breuer1, Peter M. Jakob1, 2, Martin Blaimer1

1Research Center Magnetic Resonance Bavaria e.V (MRB), Wuerzburg, Germany; 2Department of Experimental Physics 5, University of Wrzburg, Wuerzburg, Germany

In parallel imaging, reliable simultaneous multi-slice imaging needs sufficient coil sensitivities in slice direction to separate closely spaced slices. In this work we present an alternative approach for accelerated simultaneous multi-slice imaging. During excitation a phase difference is imprinted on the slices. Simultaneous recorded slices where then separated by using this phase information in the parallel imaging reconstruction by using the virtual coil concept. High quality reconstructions are presented for two slice simultaneous excitation for human head images at 3T.