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Dynamic B0 shimming of the motor cortex and cerebellum with a multicoil shim setup for BOLD fMRI at 9.4T

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Aghaeifar,  A
Department High-Field Magnetic Resonance, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Bause,  J
Department High-Field Magnetic Resonance, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Leks,  E
Department High-Field Magnetic Resonance, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Grodd,  W
Department High-Field Magnetic Resonance, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Scheffler,  K
Department High-Field Magnetic Resonance, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;
Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society;

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Aghaeifar, A., Bause, J., Leks, E., Grodd, W., & Scheffler, K. (2020). Dynamic B0 shimming of the motor cortex and cerebellum with a multicoil shim setup for BOLD fMRI at 9.4T. Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, 83(5), 1730-1740. doi:10.1002/mrm.28044.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-1937-2
Abstract
PURPOSE: We assessed how improved static magnetic field (B0 ) homogeneity with a dynamic multicoil shimming can influence the blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) contrast to noise when echo planar imaging (EPI) sequence is used for a motor task functional MRI study. We showed that a multicoil shim setup can be a proper choice for dynamic shimming of 2 spatially distant areas with different inhomogeneity distributions. METHODS: A 16-channel multicoil shim setup is used to provide improved B0 homogeneity by dynamic slice-wise shimming. The performance of dynamic B0 shimming was investigated in 2 distinct brain regions, the motor cortex and the cerebellum, in the same experiment during a finger-tapping task. Temporal SNR (tSNR), geometric distortion of the EPIs, and results of an analysis with a general linear model before and after shimming with the multicoil were compared. RESULTS: Reduced B0 deviation by 30% and 52% in the cerebellum and motor cortex, respectively, resulted in higher tSNR and a reduction of distortions in the EPI. Statistical analysis applied to the EPIs showed higher t values and increased number of voxels above significance threshold when shimming with the multicoil setup. CONCLUSIONS: Improved B0 homogeneity leads to higher tSNR and enhances the detection of BOLD signal.