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Abstract #3957

DeepRF-Grad: Simultaneous design of RF pulse and slice selective gradient using self-learning machine

Jiye Kim1, Dongmyung Shin1, Juhyung Park1, Hwihun Jeong1, and Jongho Lee1
1Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, Republic of

A deep reinforcement learning method referred to as DeepRF-Grad, is newly developed to design an RF pulse and a slice selective gradient waveform. The method is demonstrated for slice-selective inversion and compared with SLR and VERSE-designed pulses. The DeepRF-Grad designed pulse showed lower SAR (SLR: 13.2mG2s, VERSE: 6.37mG2s, DeepRF-Grad: 5.00mG2s). When designed for off-resonance robustness, the DeepRF-Grad generated enhanced off-resonance characteristics compared to that of VERSE-designed pulse, while showing similar SAR.

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