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of 'Principles of magnetic resonance imaging'

Characteristics of geometric distortion correction with increasing field-of-view in open-configuration MRI.
Hong C, Lee DH, Han BS
Magn Reson Imaging. 2014;32(6):786. Epub 2014 Feb 10.
Open-configuration magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems are becoming increasingly desirable for musculoskeletal imaging and image-guided radiotherapy because of their non-claustrophobic configuration. However, geometric image distortion in large fields-of-view (FOV) due to field inhomogeneity and gradient nonlinearity hinders the practical applications of open-type MRI. We demonstrated the use of geometric distortion correction for increasing FOV in open MRI. Geometric distortion was modeled and corrected as a global polynomial function. The appropriate polynomial order was identified as the minimum difference between the coordinates of control points in the distorted MR image space and those predicted by polynomial modeling. The sixth order polynomial function was found to give the optimal value for geometric distortion correction. The area of maximum distortion was<1 pixel with an FOV of 285mm. The correction performance error was increased at most 1.2% and 2.9% for FOVs of 340mm and~400mm compared with the FOV of 285mm. In particular, unresolved distortion was generated by local deformation near the gradient coil center.
Center for Medical Metrology, Korea Research Institute of Standards and Science, Daejeon, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: dosagehong@kriss.re.kr.