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Abstract #3394

pTx-PINS pulses for simultaneous multislice excitation using 32 ch Tx array and insertable head gradient

Mihir Pendse1, Riccardo Stara1, Joshua deBever1, and Brian K Rutt1

1Stanford University, Stanford, CA, United States

We describe a method for combining the PINS method for SMS excitation with pTx to design pulses that achieve both good B1+ uniformity (15% inhomogeneity over whole volume) and significant multiband factors (MB = 16) at ultra high field strengths (7T, 10.5T). This is enabled by the use of advanced hardware including a 6-row 32 channel parallel transmit array and a high performance head gradient (130 mT/m strength, 1500 T/m/s slew rate). We optimized RF shimming over the whole volume and applied the optimized shim weights at each point in the PINS trajectory. We satisfied very demanding pulse requirements (0.4 mm slice thickness, MB=16, total flip angle inhomogeneity = 15%) with a practical pulse duration (<12 ms) which is >2 times shorter compared to using conventional hardware

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