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Abstract #3716

Combined T2*-Weighted Measurements of the Human Brain and Cervical Spinal Cord with Partial Multi-Band Acceleration

J├╝rgen Finsterbusch1

1Systems Neuroscience, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Recently, an echo-planar imaging approach has been presented that covers the human brain and cervical spinal cord in the same acquisition in order to investigate the functional connectivity of the two regions. However, the repetition time of this approach (TR) usually exceeds 3 s which is not optimal for a connectivity analysis. Multi-band acceleration is a promising technique to speed up acquisitions, but most neck coil geometries limit its applicability for the cervical spinal cord. In this study, multi-band acceleration is applied to the brain slices only yielding a significantly reduced TR while retaining a good image quality in the cervical spinal cord.

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