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Abstract #1131

Slab-Selective Spectral and Spectral-Spatial Prewinding RF Pulses

Sydney Nicole Williams1, Jon-Fredrik Nielsen1, Jeffrey A Fessler2, and Douglas C Noll1

1Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States, 2Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States

We introduce a new type of small-tip angle prewinding RF pulse that compensates for spin dephasing attributed to off-resonance and is also slab-selective, which can help limit the volume of coverage. We design purely spectral slab-selective pulses that prewind a limited global off-resonance bandwidth, and spectral-spatial slab-selective pulses that adapt the prewinding bandwidth spatially. We demonstrate these pulse designs in simulation and in experiments using a gel phantom with a distorted field and a volunteer’s brain. Both pulses create sharp slab profiles, while the spectral-spatial pulse outperforms in terms of target magnetization phase.

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