PURPOSE - Continuously moving table (CMT) MRI is a high throughput technique that has multiple applications in whole-body imaging. In this work, CMT MRI based on golden angle (GA, 111.246° azimuthal step) radial sampling is developed at 3 Tesla (T), with the goal of increased flexibility in image reconstruction using arbitrary profile groupings.
THEORY AND METHODS - CMT MRI with GA and linear angle (LA) schemes were developed for whole-body imaging at 3T with a table speed of 20 mm/s. Imaging was performed in phantoms and a human volunteer with extended z fields of view of up to 1.8 meters. Four separate LA and a single GA scan were performed to enable slice reconstructions at four different thicknesses.
RESULTS - GA CMT MRI produced high image quality in phantoms and humans and allowed complete flexibility in reconstruction of slices with arbitrary slice thickness and position from a single data set. LA CMT MRI was constrained by predetermined parameters, required multiple scans and suffered from stair step artifacts that were not present in GA images.
CONCLUSION - GA sampling provides a robust flexible approach to CMT whole-body MRI with the ability to reconstruct slices at arbitrary positions and thicknesses from a single scan.
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