Prospective motion correction for single-voxel 1H MR spectroscopy



Head motion during 1H MR spectroscopy acquisitions may compromise the quality and reliability of in vivo metabolite measurements. Therefore, a three-plane image-based motion-tracking module was integrated into a single-voxel 1H MR spectroscopy (point-resolved spectroscopy) sequence. A series of three orthogonal spiral navigator images was acquired immediately prior to the MR spectroscopy water suppression module in order to estimate head motion. By applying the appropriate rotations and translations, the MR spectroscopy voxel position can be updated such that it remains stationary with respect to the brain. Frequency and phase corrections were applied during postprocessing to reduce line width and restore coherent averaging. Spectra acquired during intentional head motion in 11 volunteers demonstrate reduced lipid contamination and increased spectral reproducibility when motion correction is applied. Magn Reson Med, 2010. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.