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Abstract #3555

Developing a Regional Bolus Tracking and Real-time B1 Calibration Method for Hyperpolarized 13C MRI

Shuyu Tang1, Eugene Milshteyn1, Galen Reed2, Jeremy Gordon1, Robert Bok1, Daniel B. Vigneron1, and Peder Larson1

1University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States, 2HeartVista, Los Altos, CA, United States

Acquisition timing and B1 calibration are two key factors that affect the quality and accuracy of hyperpolarized 13C MRI. This project developed a new approach using regional bolus tracking to trigger Bloch-Siegert B1 mapping and real-time regional RF power compensation, followed by dynamic imaging of hyperpolarized 13C metabolites. The feasibility of applying the proposed framework for in vivo hyperpolarized 13C imaging was demonstrated on healthy rats and tumor-bearing mice on a clinical 3T scanner. This proposed method was designed to improve efficient use of hyperpolarized magnetization as well as the accuracy and robustness of hyperpolarized 13C MRI.

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