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Abstract #3559

Towards fast single-slice QSM: Challenges and possible solutions

Nashwan Naji1 and Alan H. Wilman1
1Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada


Susceptibility maps reconstructed from small-axial slabs suffer underestimation due to background-field removal imperfections near slab boundaries and the increased difficulty of solving a 3D-inversion problem with reduced-support in the direction of B0. Reliable QSM reconstruction from small slabs would enable higher resolution imaging within a reasonable time-frame and further accelerate clinical adoption. This work proposed using additional rapid low-resolution data, that serves as prior information, to improve background-field estimation and regularize the inversion-to-susceptibility process. Consistent high-resolution QSM at 3T was obtained from slabs of width as small as 6.8mm, aided by a lower-resolution dataset of 16 times coarser voxels.

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