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Abstract #2893

Diffusion Weighted Imaging Using Multi-shot Spiral with a Simultaneous Multi-slice Excitation

Joseph L Holtrop 1,2 and Bradley P Sutton 1,2

1 Bioengineering, Univerity of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, Urbana, Illinois, United States, 2 Beckman Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, United States

Much work has gone into making diffusion weighted imaging faster and more SNR efficient. Methods to achieve this have included using multi-shot for reduced distortions, 3D excitations for improved SNR efficiency, and simultaneous multi-slice for higher acceleration factors. In this work we combine all of this techniques and introduce a pulse sequence with 3D navigator that enables efficient acquisition of data capable of combining all these techniques. The addition of a blipped spiral-in navigator combined with a spiral readout, allows for a time efficient way to collect diffusion data and produces high quality diffusion weighted images.

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