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Abstract #2446

BOLD PSF: Impact of k-space sampling on T2* contrast

Maria Engel1, Lars Kasper1,2, and Klaas Paul Pruessmann1
1Institute for Biomedical Engineering, ETH Zurich and University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2Translational Neuromodeling Unit, Institute for Biomedical Engineering, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


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.

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