Patent Number: 6,166,545

Title: MRI reconstruction using partial echo and partial NEX data acquisitions

Abstract: A system and method is disclosed to combine both a fractional echo (k.sub.x) and a fractional NEX (k.sub.y) to reduce acquisition times and echo times in MR imaging. The method uses both zero-filling and homodyne reconstruction to construct concurrent fractional NEX and fractional echo data in a single image while minimizing any blurring effects. The system includes acquiring partial MRI data in the k.sub.x direction and acquiring partial MRI data in the k.sub.y direction. Once a partial echo and a partial NEX are acquired, the missing data is first zero-filled in the k.sub.x direction and Fourier transformed to acquire a full x direction data set. Next, the data is synthesized in the k.sub.y direction using a homodyne reconstruction technique to acquire a full data set in the k.sub.y direction. The full x,y data set can then be used to reconstruct an MR image with reduced acquisition and echo times. In order to minimize the effects of blurring in the resulting MR image, it is preferable to acquire at least an 80% fractional echo and a 60% fractional NEX. The system can be extended to any number of desirable dimensions.

Inventors: Polzin; Jason A. (Lake Mills, WI), Bernstein; Matthew A. (Rochester, MN), Foo; Thomas K. F. (Rockville, MD)

Assignee: General Electric Company

International Classification: G01R 33/54 (20060101); G01R 33/561 (20060101); G01V 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013