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Abstract #0297

Simultaneous Multi-Slice Spiral-CEST Encoding with Hankel Subspace Learning: ultrafast whole-brain z-spectrum acquisition

Suhyung Park1, Sugil Kim1,2, and Jaeseok Park3

1Center for Neuroscience Imaging Research, Institute for Basic Science (IBS), Suwon, Korea, Republic of, 2Department of Brain and Cognitive Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of, 3Department of Biomedical Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, Korea, Republic of

Chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) imaging has been introduced as a new contrast mechanism for molecular imaging, and typically requires long saturation preparation and multiple acquisitions of imaging data with varying saturation frequencies (called z-spectrum). Since the z-spectrum acquisition is inherently slow and takes prohibitively long imaging time, it has been very difficult to introduce CEST z-spectrum into a clinical routine. In this work, we propose a novel, simultaneous multi-slice (SMS) Spiral CEST encoding with Hankel subspace learning (HSL) for ultrafast whole-brain z-spectrum acquisition within 2-3 minutes, in which: 1) RF segmented uneven saturation is employed to reduce the duration of saturation preparation, 2) Spiral CEST encoding is employed to acquire SMS signals, and 3) SMS signals are projected onto the subspace spanned by the complementary null space, selectively reconstructing a slice of interest while nulling the other slice signals.

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