Author(s): Grissom WA, Yip CY, Wright SM, Fessler JA, Noll DC
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Abstract Current methods for parallel excitation RF pulse design are based on the small-tip-angle approximation, which provides a computationally efficient means of pulse calculation. In general, pulses designed with those methods are inaccurate when scaled to produce large-tip angles, and methods for large-tip-angle pulse design are more computationally demanding. This paper introduces a fast iterative method for large-tip-angle parallel pulse design that is formulated as a small number of Bloch equation simulations and fast small-tip-angle pulse designs, the results of which add to produce large-tip-angle pulses. Simulations and a phantom experiment demonstrate that the method is effective in designing multidimensional large-tip-angle pulses of high excitation accuracy, compared to pulses designed with small-tip-angle methods.
This article was published in Magn Reson Med
and referenced in OMICS Journal of Radiology