Three-dimensional spiral technique for high-resolution functional MRI

Yanle Hu, Gary H. Glover

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For high-resolution functional MRI (fMRI) studies, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) plays an important role. Any method that results in an improvement in SNR will be able to improve the quality of activation maps. Three-dimensional (3D) acquisition methods in general can provide higher SNR than that of 2D methods due to volume excitation. To demonstrate the superiority of 3D methods for high-resolution fMRI scans, a comparison study between 3D and 2D spiral methods was performed using a contrast-reversing checkerboard visual stimulus. A 3-inch surface coil was used to limit the in-plane FOV to 14 cm x 14 cm so that 32 1-mm slices with an in-plane voxel size of 1.1 mm x 1.1 mm could be acquired within 5.76 seconds. Results showed that average numbers of activated voxels were 407 and 841 for 2D and 3D methods, respectively (P < 0.01). Therefore, the 3D technique may be a useful alternative to the conventional 2D method for high resolution fMRI studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)947-951
Number of pages5
JournalMagnetic Resonance in Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 2007


  • 3D spiral method
  • BOLD contrast
  • Fast imaging
  • High-resolution fMRI
  • SNR
  • Volume excitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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