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Abstract #2930

Making Reduced FOV Imaging Applicable on Low-Cost MRI Systems: A Sheared 2DRF Excitation Approach

Bahadir Alp Barlas1,2 and Emine Ulku Saritas1,2,3
1Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 2National Magnetic Resonance Research Center (UMRAM), Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 3Neuroscience Graduate Program, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey


The utilization of low-cost low-field MRI systems has been rising due to the recent image quality improvements. However, these systems cannot incorporate numerous popular MRI techniques due to their hardware limitations. This work proposes a sheared 2DRF pulse design to make reduced FOV imaging applicable for low-cost MRI systems. The proposed sheared 2DRF pulse design provides significant reduction in pulse duration together with improved signal under B0 field inhomogeneities, while ensuring robust sidelobe suppression and unlimited slice coverage. We demonstrate the proof-of-concept applicability of the proposed approach for a 0.35T and a 1.5T MRI scanner.

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