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Abstract #1216

A Shim Algorithm to Improve the Field Homogeneity and Image Quality in Cortico-Spinal fMRI

Björn Fricke1 and Jürgen Finsterbusch1
1Department of Systems Neuroscience, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Cortico-spinal functional MRI covering a brain and a cervical spinal cord volume in the same acquisition, e.g. to investigate the interaction of brain and spinal cord areas, requires a dynamic shim update of the frequency and linear shim terms to obtain a reasonable EPI image quality in both volumes. Unfortunately, the optimum values for static higher-order and volume-specific dynamic linear shim terms cannot be determined with the standard shim algorithms provided by manufacturers. Here, a shim algorithm has been implemented that overcomes this problem and provides a better field homogeneity in the brain and spinal cord volumes.

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