Bruno Madore - Redwood City CA
Gary H. Glover - Stanford CA
Norbert J. Pelc - Los Altos CA
Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford Junior University - Palo Alto CA
MRI is used to monitor the time behavior or an organ of interest. Images of such organ may change in time due to physiological motion, and/or due to contrast-agent accumulation. Dynamic applications generally involve acquiring data in a k-t space, which contains both temporal and spatial information. In some dynamic applications, the t axis of the k-t space is not densely filled with information. A method is introduced which can transfer information from the k axes to the t axis, allowing a denser, smaller k-t space to be acquired, and leading to significant reductions in the acquisition time of the temporal frames. Results are presented for cardiac imaging and functional MRI (fMRI). In the case of cardiac imaging, the present method is shown to reduce the data requirement by nearly a factor two. In the case of fMRI, reductions by as much as a factor six can be obtained.