Selection of high-definition 2D virtual profiles with multiple RF pulse excitations along interleaved echo-planar k-space trajectories

Lawrence P. Panych, Koichi Oshio

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A method for spatially selective excitation of 2D RF profiles is reported. The method makes use of multiple shots to traverse interleaved echo-planar trajectories in 2D k space during each RF pulse excitation. Results from each of the interleaved excitations are summed, with the net effect being the excitation of a virtual profile. The method allows for the excitation of high-definition 2D profiles with standard gradient hardware. Signal to noise is enhanced by a factor equal to the square root of the number of interleaved excitations, compared with a single-shot excitation. Potential applications for volume-localized spectroscopy, functional MRI, and high-resolution reduced-field-of-view imaging are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)224-229
Number of pages6
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Mar 9
Externally publishedYes



  • Interleaved RF excitation
  • Multiple-shot RF excitation
  • Spatially selective RF excitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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