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Abstract #2858

J-refocused semi-LASER spectroscopy at 7T: proof-of-concept and application in the human brain at 7T

Chloé Najac1, Vincent Boer2, Hermien E. Kan1, Andrew G. Webb1, and Itamar Ronen1
1C.J. Gorter Center for High Field MRI, Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands, 2Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen University Hospital Hvidovre, Copenhagen, Denmark

Spin-echo sequences suffer from loss of signal due to J-modulation for coupled spins. Previously, it was shown that adding a π/2 pulse between two π pulses in a double spin-echo sequence partially refocuses some of the J-evolution. However, the potential of such sequence at ultrahigh field is limited due to the large chemical shift displacement error. Here, we propose a J-refocused variant of the sLASER sequence (J-sLASER) to improve quantification of J-coupled metabolites at ultrahigh field. Significant improvement in quantitation of J-coupled metabolites is illustrated using simulation, phantom and in vivo measurements in the human brain.

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