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An MR angiographic technique, referred to as 3D TRICKS (3D time-resolved imaging of contrast kinetics) has been developed. This technique combines and extends to 3D imaging several previously published elements. These elements include an increased sampling rate for lower spatial frequencies, temporal interpolation of k-space views, and zero-filling in the(More)
Time-resolved contrast-enhanced 3D MR angiography (MRA) methods have gained in popularity but are still limited by the tradeoff between spatial and temporal resolution. A method is presented that greatly reduces this tradeoff by employing undersampled 3D projection reconstruction trajectories. The variable density k-space sampling intrinsic to this sequence(More)
The inability to return the heart to the same position for all breath-holds during 2D coronary MR imaging can result in imaging different locations than desired. This can lead to problems such as (i) missing a whole vessel, or a part of it, (ii) misaligning segments of vessels imaged in different breath-holds, and (iii) degrading image quality when a single(More)
A surface coil assembly consisting of two interleaved coplanar resonators that are intrinsically decoupled from each other is described for imaging at 1.5 T. Vector reception fields on-axis at 3 cm depth are orthogonal and of equal magnitude. Both components of magnetization were received and combined resulting in a 2 1/2 improvement in signal-to-noise for(More)
The projection reconstruction (PR)-HyperTRICKS (time resolved imaging of contrast kinetics) acquisition integrates the benefits of through-plane Cartesian slice encoding and in-plane undersampled PR. It provides high spatial resolution both in-plane (about 1 mm(2)) and through-plane (1-2 mm), as well as relatively high temporal resolution (about 0.25 frames(More)
Undersampled projection reconstruction (PR) is investigated as an alternative method for MRA (MR angiography). In conventional 3D Fourier transform (FT) MRA, resolution in the phase-encoding direction is proportional to acquisition time. Since the PR resolution in all directions is determined by the readout resolution, independent of the number of(More)
Anxiety is a debilitating symptom of many psychiatric disorders including generalized anxiety disorder, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and autism. Anxiety involves changes in both central and peripheral biology, yet extant functional imaging studies have focused exclusively on the brain. Here we show, using functional brain and cardiac imaging in sequential(More)
Generating flow-specific images (arteriograms, venograms) with optimal signal-to-noise ratios for time-resolved MR angiography is a conditional maximum problem, and its solutions are generalized matched filters. We have investigated six matched filters, corresponding to all possible combinations of three flow suppression conditions and two signal-to-noise(More)
In time-resolved contrast-enhanced 3D MR angiography, spatial resolution is traded for high temporal resolution. A hybrid method is presented that attempts to reduce this tradeoff in two of the spatial dimensions. It combines an undersampled projection acquisition in two dimensions with variable rate k-space sampling in the third. Spatial resolution in the(More)
MR phase-contrast techniques provide velocity-sensitive angiograms and quantitative flow measurements but require long scan times. Recently it has been shown that undersampled projection reconstruction can acquire higher resolution per unit time than Fourier techniques with acceptable artifacts when used in contrast-enhanced MR angiography. Undersampled(More)