Michael C. Steckner

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SENSE reconstruction suffers from an ill-conditioning problem, which increasingly lowers the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) as the reduction factor increases. Ill-conditioning also degrades the convergence behavior of iterative conjugate gradient reconstructions for arbitrary trajectories. Regularization techniques are often used to alleviate the(More)
Modulation transfer functions (MTFs) are used to analyze the spatial frequency transfer characteristics of medical imaging systems. By definition, accurate MTFs should not include the effects of image noise and they should not be aliased. Therefore, many techniques used to compute MTFs register and average together multiple profiles to improve both signal(More)
A new method for computing the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of magnetic resonance images is presented. The proposed method is a "difference of images" based technique where two images are produced from one acquisition in which the readout direction field of view (FOV) and matrix size are doubled compared to the phase encode direction. Two "normal" unaliased(More)
DC decoupling currents applied to receive-only coils during radiofrequency transmission can create stray magnetic fields capable of changing the resonant frequency of nearby nuclei. It is difficult to measure these fields with conventional field-mapping techniques because the fields are not present when the signal is acquired. The stray fields can be(More)
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