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Abstract #3768

Variable Flip Angle Design for Balanced SSFP Transient State Imaging to Improve HP 13 C MRI

Hong Shang 1,2 , Peder E.Z. Larson 1,2 , Galen Reed 3 , Eugene Milshteyn 1,2 , Cornelius von Morze 1 , Frank Ong 4 , Jeremy W. Gordon 1 , Jonathan I. Tamir 4 , and Daniel B. Vigneron 1

1 Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF, San Francisco, California, United States, 2 UCSF-UC Berkeley Graduate Program in Bioengineering, San Francisco/Berkeley, California, United States, 3 HeartVista, Menlo Park, California, United States, 4 Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, United States

A variable flip angle approach was designed for bSSFP transient state imaging to improve signal profile uniformity and off-resonance insensitivity by solving a non-convex optimization problem. HP C-13 MRI investigations with this variable flip angle scheme resulted in less blurring and higher SNR.

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