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Keywords:

  • golden ratio;
  • vocal tract shaping;
  • real-time spiral imaging;
  • speech production

Abstract

In speech production research using real-time magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the analysis of articulatory dynamics is performed retrospectively. A flexible selection of temporal resolution is highly desirable because of natural variations in speech rate and variations in the speed of different articulators. The purpose of the study is to demonstrate a first application of golden-ratio spiral temporal view order to real-time speech MRI and investigate its performance by comparison with conventional bit-reversed temporal view order. Golden-ratio view order proved to be more effective at capturing the dynamics of rapid tongue tip motion. A method for automated blockwise selection of temporal resolution is presented that enables the synthesis of a single video from multiple temporal resolution videos and potentially facilitates subsequent vocal tract shape analysis. Magn Reson Med, 2011. © 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.