Laurentius Huber1, Dimo Ivanov2, 3, Steffen N. Krieger2, Claudine Jolle Gauthier2, Elisabeth Roggenhofer4, Ilona Henseler4, Robert Turner2, Harald E. Moeller1
1NMR-Unit, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany; 2Neurophysics, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany; 3Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands; 4Neurology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
VAscular Space Occupancy (VASO) is the most widely used method to investigate human functional cerebral blood volume (CBV) changes. These measurements are limited at high field strengths by low signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) or inflow effects. A high-SNR VASO variant is introduced that can avoid inflow effects of fresh blood by using a newly-designed partial inversion pulse at 7T. The high SNR of the developed method was utilized to obtain voxel-wise estimates of the calibration factor M and CMRO2 changes on a single-subject basis.