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MAGMA. 2007 Feb;20(1):19-25. Epub 2007 Jan 20.

Parallel acquisition for effective density weighted imaging: PLANED imaging.

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Institut für Röntgendiagnostik, Universität Würzburg, Josef-Schneider-Str.2, 97080 Würzburg, Germany. oliver.geier@rikshospitalet.no

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Density weighted phase-encoding has proven to be a highly efficient method for k-space sampling as it improves the localization properties and increases the signal-to-noise ratio for extended samples at the same time. But either density weighted imaging lengthens the minimum scan time or, if the Nyquist criterion is violated in parts of the sampled k-space, undersampling artefacts occur. Purpose of this work was to combine density weighted imaging and parallel imaging techniques to improve the spatial response function and consequently the signal-to-noise ratio without spoiling image quality by undersampling artefacts.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Images were acquired with parallel acquisition for effective density weighted imaging (PLANED imaging) and compared to results sampled with conventional Cartesian phase-encoding with the same spatial resolution and the same number of excitations.

RESULTS:

Both in vivo and phantom measurements recorded with the PLANED method revealed a considerable enhancement of the signal-to-noise ratio and a remarkable reduction of Gibbs artefacts compared to standard Cartesian imaging.

CONCLUSION:

It has been demonstrated that PLANED improves image quality by suppressing truncation artefacts and increasing the SNR without lengthening the measurement time.

PMID:
17237943
DOI:
10.1007/s10334-006-0065-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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