Simultaneous multislice (SMS) imaging techniques

Barth, Markus, Breuer, Felix, Koopmans, Peter J., Norris, David G. and Poser, Benedikt A. (2015) Simultaneous multislice (SMS) imaging techniques. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 75 1: 63-81. doi:10.1002/mrm.25897

Author Barth, Markus
Breuer, Felix
Koopmans, Peter J.
Norris, David G.
Poser, Benedikt A.
Title Simultaneous multislice (SMS) imaging techniques
Journal name Magnetic Resonance in Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1522-2594
Publication date 2015-08-26
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1002/mrm.25897
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 75
Issue 1
Start page 63
End page 81
Total pages 19
Place of publication Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Simultaneous multislice imaging (SMS) using parallel image reconstruction has rapidly advanced to become a major imaging technique. The primary benefit is an acceleration in data acquisition that is equal to the number of simultaneously excited slices. Unlike in-plane parallel imaging this can have only a marginal intrinsic signal-to-noise ratio penalty, and the full acceleration is attainable at fixed echo time, as is required for many echo planar imaging applications. Furthermore, for some implementations SMS techniques can reduce radiofrequency (RF) power deposition. In this review the current state of the art of SMS imaging is presented. In the Introduction, a historical overview is given of the history of SMS excitation in MRI. The following section on RF pulses gives both the theoretical background and practical application. The section on encoding and reconstruction shows how the collapsed multislice images can be disentangled by means of the transmitter pulse phase, gradient pulses, and most importantly using multichannel receiver coils. The relationship between classic parallel imaging techniques and SMS reconstruction methods is explored. The subsequent section describes the practical implementation, including the acquisition of reference data, and slice cross-talk. Published applications of SMS imaging are then reviewed, and the article concludes with an outlook and perspective of SMS imaging.
Keyword Simultaneous multislice imaging
Multiband imaging
Fast imaging
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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