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Abstract #2671

Exploring the Limits of Super-Resolution MRI with Phaseless Encoding

Rui Tian1, Franciszek Hennel1, and Klaas P Pruessmann1

1Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

The recently proposed method of Super-resolution (SR) MRI with phaseless subpixel encoding simultaneously samples three neighboring k-space bands and provides resolution enhancement factor up to 3.0. We now demonstrate an almost five-fold resolution enhancement by applying additional encoding steps of higher modulation frequency, which allows five bands to be acquired without compromising the methods’ immunity to phase fluctuations. Since the signal-to-noise ratio at high resolution becomes critical, we derived and experimentally verified the optimum flip angle of the encoding (tagging) sequence. A possibility to correct artefacts caused by flip angle inhomogeneity is also shown based on simulation.

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