Multi-Spectral Imaging techniques have been shown to significantly reduce metal-induced artifacts. However, they often suffer from pile-up/ripple artifacts near metal, where metal-induced-off-resonance gradients “cancel” the frequency-encoding gradient. We have previously proposed a method to reduce these artifacts by combining two acquisitions with alternating-sign readout and slice-select gradients. Here we demonstrate that the alternating-gradient method is compatible with robust PCA, which provides 2-fold acceleration beyond parallel imaging and half-Fourier acquisition to compensate for the additional acquisition. Our study shows that the alternating-gradient method can significantly reduce pile-up/ripple artifacts in volunteers with hip and knee arthroplasties, and provides additional diagnostic advantages compared to the standard sequence.