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Abstract #0856

Real-time Motion Compensated ∆B0 Shimming with an AC/DC Shim Coil and  Dual-Echo vNavs

Nicolas Arango1, Robert Frost2,3, Paul Wighton2, Jason Stockmann2,3, Ovidiu C Andronesi2,3, and Andre van der Kouwe2,3
1Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States, 2A. A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States, 3Department of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States


Changes in subject position move susceptibility interfaces and therefore ∆B0 field patterns in the brain. We apply a prospective real time (TR-to-TR) shim updating scheme using dual echo EPI volume navigators to correct motion-induced changes in ∆B0 fields to reduce distortion in 2D EPI. Shim fields were produced by a 32 channel AC/DC head shim array. TR-to-TR shimming reduced EPI distortion in all head positions in in vivo experiments.

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