Multiband multislice GE-EPI at 7 tesla, with 16-fold acceleration using partial parallel imaging with application to high spatial and temporal whole-brain FMRI

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Abstract

Parallel imaging in the form of multiband radiofrequency excitation, together with reduced k-space coverage in the phase-encode direction, was applied to human gradient echo functional MRI at 7 T for increased volumetric coverage and concurrent high spatial and temporal resolution. Echo planar imaging with simultaneous acquisition of four coronal slices separated by 44mm and simultaneous 4-fold phase-encoding undersampling, resulting in 16-fold acceleration and up to 16-fold maximal aliasing, was investigated. Task/stimulusinduced signal changes and temporal signal behavior under basal conditions were comparable for multiband and standard single-band excitation and longer pulse repetition times. Robust, whole-brain functional mapping at 7 T, with 2 × 2 × 2mm 3 (pulse repetition time 1.25 sec) and 1 × 1 × 2mm 3 (pulse repetition time 1.5 sec) resolutions, covering fields of view of 256 × 256 × 176mm 3 and 192 × 172 × 176mm 3, respectively, was demonstrated with current gradient performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1144-1153
Number of pages10
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Volume63
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2010

Keywords

  • 7 tesla
  • GRAPPA
  • Multislice excitation
  • Parallel imaging
  • fMRI

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