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Abstract #0932

Fast B0 first order inhomogeneity estimation using radial acquisition

Ali Aghaeifar1,2, Alexander Loktyushin1, Christian Mirkes1,3, Axel Thielscher1, and Klaus Scheffler1,3

1Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tübingen, Germany, 2IMPRS for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience, Tübingen, Germany, 3Department of Biomedical Magnetic Resonance, University of Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany

B0 field inhomogeneity is a major source of distortion in MR images. Current approaches to dynamic shimming require extra acquisition time or external hardware. We propose a method that estimates first order shim errors by using projections of radial acquisition. The errors can be estimated from three projections multiple times in each measurement, which makes the method highly robust. The proposed method is evaluated in simulation and in vivo. Obtained results show a strong agreement between applied and measured first order shim errors.

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