Gap cycling for SWIFT

Curtis A Corum, Djaudat S Idiyatullin, Carl J. Snyder, Michael Garwood

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Purpose: SWIFT (SWeep Imaging with Fourier Transformation) is a non-Cartesian MRI method with unique features and capabilities. In SWIFT, radiofrequency (RF) excitation and reception are performed nearly simultaneously, by rapidly switching between transmit and receive during a frequency-swept RF pulse. Because both the transmitted pulse and data acquisition are simultaneously amplitude-modulated in SWIFT (in contrast to continuous RF excitation and uninterrupted data acquisition in more familiar MRI sequences), crosstalk between different frequency bands occurs in the data. This crosstalk leads to a "bulls-eye" artifact in SWIFT images. We present a method to cancel this interband crosstalk by cycling the pulse and receive gap positions relative to the un-gapped pulse shape. We call this strategy "gap cycling." Theory and Methods: We carry out theoretical analysis, simulation and experiments to characterize the signal chain, resulting artifacts, and their elimination for SWIFT. Results: Theoretical analysis reveals the mechanism for gapcycling's effectiveness in canceling interband crosstalk in the received data. We show phantom and in vivo results demonstrating bulls-eye artifact free images. Conclusion: Gap cycling is an effective method to remove bulls-eye artifact resulting from interband crosstalk in SWIFT data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-682
Number of pages6
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2015


  • Bull's-eye artifact
  • Gap cycling
  • Sweep imaging
  • Ultra-short T imaging

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