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Abstract #1527

Selective Channel Combination of 3D Phase Offset Corrected 7T MRI Phase Images

Shaeez Usman Abdulla1, David C Reutens1, Kieran O'Brien2, and Viktor Vegh1

1Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2Siemens Healthcare Australia Pty. Ltd., Australia

A number of MRI applications rely on accurate phase images. At ultra-high field, the limitations of various processing techniques and the absence of a volume reference coil make the combination of multi-channel signal phase challenging. We propose a method which combines phase offset corrected signal phase data across a selection of channels. We evaluated method performance at two different gradient recalled echo MRI echo times. We qualitatively and quantitatively studied the combined phase quality in distinct brain regions. We found that using a subset of channels leads to improved phase images than when all channels are used in the combination.

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