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Magn Reson Med. 2008 Nov;60(5):1243-9. doi: 10.1002/mrm.21787.

Fast three-dimensional 1H MR spectroscopic imaging at 7 Tesla using "spectroscopic missing pulse--SSFP".

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University of Bremen, FB 2 Chemistry, Bremen, Germany.


The use of spectroscopic Missing Pulse--SSFP (spMP-SSFP) for fast three-dimensional (3D) proton MR spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) at 7 Tesla (T) is demonstrated. Sequence modifications were required regarding the limits of the specific absorption rate as well as hardware limitations with respect to maximum B(1) field strength and B(0) gradient slew rate, as compared to previous studies performed at 3T. The combination of two spatially selective radiofrequency (RF) pulses (with orthogonal slice orientation) and a dual-band chemical shift selective RF pulse for simultaneous water and lipid suppression proved to enable fast 3D MRSI measurements of the brain of healthy volunteers. Using a total measurement time of approximately 8.5 minutes and a nominal and real voxel size of 0.62 cm(3) and 2.6 cm(3), respectively, signals of N-acetyl aspartate, total creatine, choline containing compounds, myo-inositol, and glutamate+glutamine could be detected.

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