A parallel imaging technique using mutual calibration for split-blade diffusion-weighted PROPELLER

Zhiqiang Li, James G. Pipe, Eric Aboussouan, John P. Karis, Donglai Huo

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Split-blade diffusion-weighted periodically rotated overlapping parallel lines with enhanced reconstruction (DW-PROPELLER) was proposed to address the issues associated with diffusion-weighted echo planar imaging such as geometric distortion and difficulty in high-resolution imaging. The major drawbacks with DW-PROPELLER are its high SAR (especially at 3T) and violation of the Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill condition, which leads to a long scan time and narrow blade. Parallel imaging can reduce scan time and increase blade width; however, it is very challenging to apply standard k-space-based techniques such as GeneRalized Autocalibrating Partially Parallel Acquisitions (GRAPPA) to split-blade DW-PROPELLER due to its narrow blade. In this work, a new calibration scheme is proposed for k-space-based parallel imaging method without the need of additional calibration data, which results in a wider, more stable blade. The in vivo results show that this technique is very promising.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)638-644
Number of pages7
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • diffusion
  • mutual calibration
  • parallel imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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