A multicoil array designed for cardiac SMASH imaging

Mark A. Griswold, Peter M. Jakob, Robert R. Edelman, Daniel K. Sodickson

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Recently, several partially parallel acquisition (PPA) techniques have been presented which use spatial information inherent in an RF coil array to reconstruct an image from a reduced set of phase encoding steps. PPAs represent a change in paradigm for the RF coil designer since the focus for arrays to be used with PPAs is to optimize the spatial encoding that is provided by the array. One of the first practical implementations of PPA imaging was demonstrated using the SMASH technique. In this study, we present our results from the construction of the first array designed specifically for cardiac SMASH imaging. Additional design criteria are presented for SMASH arrays that are not considered in conventional array design. Using these design criteria, a four-element array was constructed and then tested in SMASH imaging experiments in the heart. This array has been used in all of our initial cardiac and head SMASH studies with good results. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)105-113
Number of pages9
JournalMagnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2000


  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Partially parallel imaging
  • Phased array
  • Radio-frequency coils

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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