Phase unwinding for dictionary compression with multiple channel transmission in magnetic resonance fingerprinting

Riccardo Lattanzi, Bei Zhang, Florian Knoll, Jakob Assländer, Martijn A. Cloos

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Purpose: Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting reconstructions can become computationally intractable with multiple transmit channels, if the B1 + phases are included in the dictionary. We describe a general method that allows to omit the transmit phases. We show that this enables straightforward implementation of dictionary compression to further reduce the problem dimensionality. Methods: We merged the raw data of each RF source into a single k-space dataset, extracted the transceiver phases from the corresponding reconstructed images and used them to unwind the phase in each time frame. All phase-unwound time frames were combined in a single set before performing SVD-based compression. We conducted synthetic, phantom and in-vivo experiments to demonstrate the feasibility of SVD-based compression in the case of two-channel transmission. Results: Unwinding the phases before SVD-based compression yielded artifact-free parameter maps. For fully sampled acquisitions, parameters were accurate with as few as 6 compressed time frames. SVD-based compression performed well in-vivo with highly under-sampled acquisitions using 16 compressed time frames, which reduced reconstruction time from 750 to 25 min. Conclusion: Our method reduces the dimensions of the dictionary atoms and enables to implement any fingerprint compression strategy in the case of multiple transmit channels.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-38
Number of pages7
JournalMagnetic Resonance Imaging
StatePublished - Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Dictionary compression
  • MR fingerprinting
  • MRF
  • SVD
  • T mapping
  • T mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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