BSymbolcompensation in 3T cardiac imaging using short 2DRF pulses

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The purpose of this study was to determine if tailored 2DRF pulses could be used to compensate for in-plane variations of the transmitted RF field at 3T. Excitation pulse profiles were designed to approximate the reciprocal of the measured RF transmit variation where the variation over the left ventricle was approximated as unidirectional. A simple 2DRF pulse design utilizing three subpulses was used, such that profiles could be quickly and easily adapted to different regions of interest. Results are presented from phantom and in vivo cardiac imaging. Compared with conventional slice-selective excitation, the average flip angle variation over the left ventricle (measured as the standard deviation divided by the mean flip angle) was reduced withP< 0.001 and the average reduction was 41% in cardiac studies at 3T.

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