Reduction of motion artifacts in cine MRI using variable-density spiral trajectories
ABSTRACT Dynamic cardiac imaging in MRI is a very challenging task. To obtain high spatial resolution, temporal resolution, and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), single-shot imaging is not sufficient. Use of multishot techniques resolves this problem but can cause motion artifacts because of data inconsistencies between views. Motion artifacts can be reduced by signal averaging at some cost in increased scan time. However, for the same increase in scan time, other techniques can be more effective than simple averaging in reducing the artifacts. If most of the energy of the inconsistencies is limited to a certain region of kappa-space, increased sampling density (oversampling) in this region can be especially effective in reducing motion artifacts. In this work, several variable-density spiral trajectories are designed and tested. Their efficiencies for artifact reduction are evaluated in computer simulations and in scans of normal volunteers. The SNR compromise of these trajectories is also investigated. The authors conclude that variable-density spiral trajectories can effectively reduce motion artifacts with a small loss in SNR as compared with a uniform density counterpart.
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- "The method proposed by Liao et al.  uses a variable-density stack of spiral trajectories which varies the sampling density both along the kx-ky plane and the kz direction. The method is shown to preserve reasonable image quality while reducing the acquisition time by approximately half compared to a fullysampled stack of spirals. "
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- "For spiral sequences, motion artefacts tend to take the form of swirls and depending on the imaging region of interest these can be less of a problem than phase-encode ghosts. Variable-density spirals that oversample the centre of k-space, at a cost of undersampling the edges, have also been shown to reduce respiratory artefacts in segmented cine images . "
ABSTRACT: The multitude of applications offered by CMR make it an increasing popular modality to study the heart and the surrounding vessels. Nevertheless the anatomical complexity of the chest, together with cardiac and respiratory motion, and the fast flowing blood, present many challenges which can possibly translate into imaging artefacts. The literature is wide in terms of papers describing specific MR artefacts in great technical detail. In this review we attempt to summarise, in a language accessible to a clinical readership, some of the most common artefacts found in CMR applications. It begins with an introduction of the most common pulse sequences, and imaging techniques, followed by a brief section on typical cardiovascular applications. This leads to the main section on common CMR artefacts with examples, a short description of the mechanisms behind them, and possible solutions.Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 05/2013; 15(1):41. DOI:10.1186/1532-429X-15-41 · 4.56 Impact Factor
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- "In both tSNR and sSNR measures, a trend was observed showing slightly higher SNR values for the spiral readout. The shorter TE of the spiral readout and some of its intrinsic advantages, such as its relative insensitivity to movement and flow artifacts (Ahn et al., 1986; Delattre et al., 2010; King, 2004; Liao et al., 1997), may be contributing to achieve higher SNR values, but this could also be due to the in-plane blurring observed in the spiral images. "
ABSTRACT: Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL) can be implemented by combining different labeling schemes and readout sequences. In this study, the performance of 2D and 3D single-shot pulsed-continuous ASL (pCASL) sequences was assessed in a group of young healthy volunteers undergoing a baseline perfusion and a functional study with a sensory-motor activation paradigm. The evaluated sequences were 2D echo-planar imaging (2D EPI), 3D single-shot fast spin echo with in-plane spiral readout (3D FSE spiral), and 3D single-shot gradient-and-spin-echo (3D GRASE). The 3D sequences were implemented with and without the addition of an optimized background suppression (BS) scheme. Labeling efficiency, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and gray matter (GM) to white matter (WM) contrast ratio were assessed in baseline perfusion measurements. 3D acquisitions without BS yielded 2-fold increments in spatial SNR, but no change in temporal SNR. The addition of BS to the 3D sequences yielded a 3-fold temporal SNR increase compared to the unsuppressed sequences. 2D EPI provided better GM-to-WM contrast ratio than the 3D sequences. The analysis of functional data at the subject level showed a 3-fold increase in statistical power for the BS 3D sequences, although the improvement was attenuated at the group level. 3D without BS did not increase the maximum t-values, however, it yielded larger activation clusters than 2D. These results demonstrate that BS 3D single-shot imaging sequences improve the performance of pCASL in baseline and activation studies, particularly for individual subject analyses where the improvement in temporal SNR translates into markedly enhanced power for task activation detection.NeuroImage 11/2012; 66. DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.10.087 · 6.36 Impact Factor