Purpose: To reduce the misbalance between compensation gradients and macroscopic field gradients, we introduce an adaptive slice-specific z-shimming approach for 2D spoiled multi-echo gradient-echoe sequences in combination with modeling of the signal decay. Methods: Macroscopic field gradients were estimated for each slice from a fast prescan (15 seconds) and then used to calculate slice-specific compensation moments along the echo train. The coverage of the compensated field gradients was increased by applying three positive and three negative moments. With a forward model, which considered the effect of the slice profile, the z-shim moment, and the field gradient, (Formula presented.) maps were estimated. The method was evaluated in phantom and in vivo measurements at 3 T and compared with a spoiled multi-echo gradient-echo and a global z-shimming approach without slice-specific compensation. Results: The proposed method yielded higher SNR in (Formula presented.) maps due to a broader range of compensated macroscopic field gradients compared with global z-shimming. In global white matter, the mean interquartile range, proxy for SNR, could be decreased to 3.06 s −1 with the proposed approach, compared with 3.37 s −1 for global z-shimming and 3.52 s −1 for uncompensated multi-echo gradient-echo. Conclusion: Adaptive slice-specific compensation gradients between echoes substantially improved the SNR of (Formula presented.) maps, and the signal could also be rephased in anatomical areas, where it has already been completely dephased.
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- Radiologie, Nuklearmedizin und Bildgebung