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Abstract #3468

Partial Simultaneous Multi-Slice Acquisition of Combined T2*-Weighted Imaging of the Human Brain and Cervical Spinal Cord

Ying Chu1 and J├╝rgen Finsterbusch1
1Department of Systems Neuroscience, University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Combined fMRI T2*-weighted imaging of the human brain and cervical spinal cord has been accelerated by simultaneous multi-slice (SMS) imaging of the brain volume. The implementation has been tested and evaluated in phantoms and in vivo and shows a very similar performance to non-accelerated and brain-only measurements. With the much shorter acquisition times achievable it could help to improve brain volume coverage of cortico-spinal fMRI.

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