Subject motion is a common source of artifact in MRI scans. Various navigator techniques have been developed to monitor motion and correct motion artifacts. In this study, a new approach was developed to extract 3D motion information of the head based on three orthogonal 1D gradient-encoded echoes acquired in about 2 ms. Complementary positional information carried by the individual sensitivity profiles of a receive array was exploited. The method was evaluated in experiments. It suggested the estimated motion parameters were within ±0.5° and ±0.5 mm accuracy in reference to co-registered head images in various positions with rotations up to ±4°.