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Abstract #0892

Joint Calibrationless Multi-slice Multi-echo Parallel Imaging Reconstruction for Abdominal T2* Mapping

Xiaochuan Wu1,2, Zheyuan Yi1,2,3, Yilong Liu1,2, Fei Chen3, Yanqiu Feng4, and Ed X. Wu1,2
1Laboratory of Biomedical Imaging and Signal Processing, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 2Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, 3Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China, 4School of Biomedical Engineering, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China

T2* mapping in abdominal imaging is challenging due to respiration motions that can result in severe artifacts and affect the accuracy of T2* quantification. Traditional simultaneous autocalibrating and k-space estimation (SAKE) provides a calibrationless parallel imaging approach to reduce the image acquisition time. However, SAKE does not utilize the highly sharable image contents and coil sensitivities among multi-slice multi-echo data. In this study, we proposed a joint calibrationless reconstruction of multi-slice multi-echo images from undersampled MR data for abdominal imaging. Results demonstrated that the resulting T2* maps were in excellent agreement with those from the fully sampled data.

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