EPI Nyquist ghost and geometric distortion correction by two-frame phase labeling

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Abstract

Purpose

To develop a new Nyquist ghost and geometric distortion correction method in echo planar imaging (EPI) using parallel imaging.

Methods

Two frames of EPI data are acquired with normal and phase-labeled sequence. The phase label is applied by modifying the PE prephase gradient to shift the central echo by one echo spacing. GRAPPA weights are trained from both frames and used to reconstruct images from positive or negative echoes in each frame to remove Nyquist ghost. Geometric distortion is then corrected by the B0 field map generated from the phase difference between positive and negative echo images. Phantom and in vivo experiments at 7 Tesla (T) and 3T were performed to evaluate the proposed method.

Results

Nyquist ghost was greatly reduced in all images even under oblique imaging and poor eddy current conditions, yielding significant improvements over the existing reference scan and image entropy minimization based methods. Image geometries were fully restored after distortion correction. Phantom results indicated that the signal-to-noise ratio efficiency was largely preserved while fMRI results showed no apparent degradation of temporal resolution.

Conclusion

The proposed method provides robust correction of both Nyquist ghost and geometric distortion in EPI, and it is particularly suitable for dynamic EPI applications. Magn Reson Med, 2016. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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