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Abstract #1957

Iterative Background Phase Correction: Recovering Data for QSM

Johannes Lindemeyer1 and N. Jon Shah1,2

1Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine - 4, Medical Imaging Physics, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich, Germany, 2Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, JARA, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

We present a technique to improve the preparation process of phase data for QSM. In order to compensate for data loss caused by strong local phase gradients near the surface of the brain support, harmonic and dipole-based fitting are used to determine the responsible background fields within an extended brain mask. In an iterative approach, phase data are corrected regarding such contributions prior to further QSM processing steps. This allows for the acquisition of more reliable field maps and larger evaluation masks, which finally leads to more robust susceptibility maps.

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