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Keywords:

  • k-t FOCUSS;
  • partially parallel imaging;
  • dynamic imaging;
  • MRI;
  • cardiac imaging;
  • compressed sensing;
  • GRAPPA

Abstract

Because dynamic MR images are often sparse in x-f domain, k-t space compressed sensing (k-t CS) has been proposed for highly accelerated dynamic MRI. When a multichannel coil is used for acquisition, the combination of partially parallel imaging and k-t CS can improve the accuracy of reconstruction. In this work, an efficient combination method is presented, which is called k-t sparse Generalized GRAPPA fOr Wider readout Line. One fundamental aspect of this work is to apply partially parallel imaging and k-t CS sequentially. A partially parallel imaging technique using a Generalized GRAPPA fOr Wider readout Line operator is adopted before k-t CS reconstruction to decrease the reduction factor in a computationally efficient way while preserving temporal resolution. Channel combination and relative sensitivity maps are used in the flexible virtual coil scheme to alleviate the k-t CS computational load with increasing number of channels. Using k-t FOCUSS as a specific example of k-t CS, the experiments with Cartesian and radial data sets demonstrate that k-t sparse Generalized GRAPPA fOr Wider readout Line can produce results with two times lower root-mean-square error than conventional channel-by-channel k-t CS while consuming up to seven times less computational cost. Magn Reson Med, 2012. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.