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Abstract #0371

Spatial Phase Encoding Using a Bloch-Siegert Shift Gradient

Ralf Kartusch1, Florian Fidler1, Toni Driele1, Thomas Kampf2, Thomas C. Basse-Lsebrink, 12, Uvo C. Hoelscher1, Peter M. Jakob, 12, Xavier Helluy2

1MRB Research Center for Magnetic-Resonance-Bavaria, Wrzburg, Bavaria, Germany; 2EP5, Universitt Wrzburg, Wrzburg, Bavaria, Germany

In this work we introduce a robust RF only spatial encoding method, which is mimicking conventional phase encoding using B0-gradients by exploiting the properties of spatially dependent Bloch-Siegert phase shifts induced by a RF gradient coil. Being a RF only encoding technique it has immunity against eddy currents and very short switching time. The application of BS-gradients are not restricted in principle to spatial phase encoding and could be for example applied to flow or diffusion measurements.