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Abstract #1477

Enhanced Slice Resolution by Staggered Acquisitions with Z-Deblurring

Thomas Depew 1 and Qing-San Xiang 1,2

1 Physics & Astronomy, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2 Radiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

High resolution 3D MRI is becoming increasingly desirable for many research and clinical applications. However, certain MRI pulse sequences (such as EPI) can only be performed in multi-slice mode, typically with inadequate through-plane resolution. We present a technique that allows scalable through-plane resolution enhancement for multi-slice acquisitions. The method employs multi-slice acquisitions staggered along Z refined with novel deblurring algorithms. Isotropic resolution in 3D is achievable when sufficient data are available.

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