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Abstract #1459

Decoupled RF-Pulse Phase Sensitive B 1 Mapping

Daniel J. Park 1 , Neal K. Bangerter 1,2 , and Glen R. Morrell 2

1 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States, 2 Department of Radiology, University of Utah, SLC, Utah, United States

B 1 mapping mapping is an important component of quantitative MRI and parallel transmission. Although many B 1 mapping methods have been introduced and analyzed, there is no clear superior method. One method, the Bloch-Siegert shift method, has potential for improved B 1 mapping of parallel transmit arrays through separation of excitation and the B 1 encoding pulse. We introduce a modification to the Phase Sensitive (PS) method that allows similar improvement by decoupling the compound excitation pulse in the PS method. We introduce a brief Monte Carlo based statistical analysis (mean bias and standard deviation) which illustrates the potential of this method.

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