Kie Tae Kwon1, Adam B. Kerr1, Bob S. Hu2, 3, Dwight G. Nishimura1
1Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States; 2Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Palo Alto, CA, United States; 3HeartVista Inc., Los Altos, CA, United States
A sliding interleaved cylinder (SLINCY) acquisition uses a 3D concentric cylinders trajectory to reduce venetian blind artifacts. Previously, we employed the SLINCY acquisition for a non-contrast-enhanced magnetization-prepared 3D SSFP sequence to improve artery-vein contrast in the lower extremities. One challenge for this approach is to cover a large FOV without SSFP banding artifacts to yield a uniform arterial signal. In this work, we exploited the thin-slab-scan nature of SLINCY to dynamically adjust the center frequencies of slabs for banding artifact reduction using a separately acquired 2D field map. In vivo studies on healthy volunteers demonstrated the feasibility of this approach.