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Abstract #2692

Spin Lock Adiabatic Correction (SLAC) Excitation

Edward M Green1, James C Korte1, Bahman Tahayori2,3, Peter M Farrell4, and Leigh A Johnston1

1Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 2Dept. Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 3Dept. of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran (Islamic Republic of), 4Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

A new form of B1-insensitive excitation is introduced, termed Spin-Lock Adiabatic Correction (SLAC) excitation, that combines a Spin-Locking excitation with an orthogonal Adiabatic Correction to more uniformly flip the magnetisation across a range of B1 strengths. SLAC pulses achieve adiabatic-like excitation, in terms of B1-insensitivity, in faster excitation time while not increasing the delivered power. We demonstrate the advantages of SLAC pulses in both simulation and phantom experiments. Decreasing the pulse duration causes performance breakdown of the adiabatic pulse due to violation of the adiabatic condition, while the SLAC pulse maintains control of magnetisation across the range of B1 strengths.

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