The timing of BOLD-fMRI is typically chosen such that TE matches T2*. This assumes contrast being exclusively elicited by signal differences at TE. While sensible for short or TE-symmetric readouts, such as EPIs, it oversimplifies contrast generation for longer or TE-asymmetric trajectories, such as spirals.
We propose the concept of a BOLD PSF for a more comprehensive perspective on the imaging characteristics of a functional experiment. Our findings indicate that TE can be reduced for spiral-out without sacrificing BOLD-sensitivity when compared to EPI. Furthermore, we characterize the intrinsic trade-off between specificity and resolution of the BOLD response under varying TE.