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Abstract #3401

Optimal Coil Combination with Relatively Aligned Phase (RAP) for Phase-Cycled bSSFP Imaging

Qing-San Xiang1 and Michael Nicholas Hoff2
1Radiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2Radiology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States

Phase-Cycled (PC) bSSFP imaging is useful for qualitative and quantitative studies of tissue. But the images generated should be properly combined when they are acquired with multiple receiver coils; in particular, phase information in the complex images must be preserved. We describe a straightforward yet optimal coil combination algorithm for PC-bSSFP applications, where the phase is preserved through relative phase alignment along the measurement dimension. The method is demonstrated with experimental results from phantom and volunteer scans.

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