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Keywords:

  • single-shot imaging;
  • nonlinear phase encoding;
  • field perturbation;
  • local k-space;
  • reduced field-of-view;
  • linear frequency-swept excitation

Abstract

A novel image encoding approach based on linear frequency-swept excitation has been recently proposed to overcome artifacts induced by various field perturbations in single-shot echo planar imaging. In this article, we develop a new super-resolved reconstruction method for it using the concepts of local k-space and partial Fourier transform. This method is superior to the originally developed conjugate gradient algorithm in convenience, image quality, and stability of solution. Reduced field-of-view is applied to the phase encoding direction to further enhance the spatial resolution and field perturbation immunity of the image obtained. Effectiveness of this new combined reconstruction method is demonstrated with a series of experiments on biological samples. Two single-shot sequences with different encoding features are tested. The results show that this reconstruction method maintains excellent field perturbation immunity and improves fidelity of the images. In vivo experiments on rat indicate that this solution is favorable for ultrafast imaging applications in which severe susceptibility heterogeneities around the tissue–air or tissue–bone interfaces, motion and oblique plane effects usually compromise the echo planar imaging image quality. Magn Reson Med, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.