Partially parallel imaging with localized sensitivities (PILS)

Magn Reson Med. 2000 Oct;44(4):602-9. doi: 10.1002/1522-2594(200010)44:4<602::aid-mrm14>;2-5.


In this study a novel partially parallel acquisition method is presented, which can be used to accelerate image acquisition using an RF coil array for spatial encoding. In this technique, Parallel Imaging with Localized Sensitivities (PILS), it is assumed that the individual coils in the array have localized sensitivity patterns, in that their sensitivity is restricted to a finite region of space. Within the PILS model, a detailed, highly accurate RF field map is not needed prior to reconstruction. In PILS, each coil in the array is fully characterized by only two parameters: the center of coil's sensitive region in the FOV and the width of the sensitive region around this center. In this study, it is demonstrated that the incorporation of these coil parameters into a localized Fourier transform allows reconstruction of full FOV images in each of the component coils from data sets acquired with a reduced number of phase encoding steps compared to conventional imaging techniques. After the introduction of the PILS technique, primary focus is given to issues related to the practical implementation of PILS, including coil parameter determination and the SNR and artifact power in the resulting images. Finally, in vivo PILS images are shown which demonstrate the utility of the technique.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Computer Simulation
  • Fourier Analysis
  • Heart / anatomy & histology
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted / methods*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Phantoms, Imaging