Reduction of slab boundary artifact with multiple overlapping thin slab acquisition in MR angiography of the cervical carotid artery

J Magn Reson Imaging. 1994 Jul-Aug;4(4):529-35. doi: 10.1002/jmri.1880040404.


Multiple overlapping thin slab acquisition (MOTSA) is a magnetic resonance (MR) angiography technique combining advantages of two- and three-dimensional time-of-flight techniques. The authors studied three image acquisition parameters (flip angle, TR, and the slab excitation fraction [SEF]) and a postprocessing algorithm, to evaluate their effect on MOTSA image quality, including contrast-to-noise ratio (C/N) and the severity of the slab boundary artifact. By increasing SEF from 0.75 to 1.10, the slab boundary artifact was reduced by 29%-56% (P < .0001). The boundary artifact can be reduced an additional 46% by postprocessing of the overlapping section data. In the healthy volunteers studied, C/N of the cervical carotid artery could be increased sixfold (P < .0001) by increasing the flip angle from 10 degrees to 50 degrees, without significant worsening of the boundary artifact due to top-of-slab saturation. The effect of TR on image quality was not statistically significant for the range studied (52-70 msec). We conclude that the slab boundary artifact seen with the MOTSA MR angiography technique can be reduced significantly by optimizing imaging acquisition parameters and using a postprocessing algorithm to combine overlapping section information.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Algorithms
  • Artifacts*
  • Carotid Arteries / anatomy & histology*
  • Carotid Artery, Internal / anatomy & histology
  • Fourier Analysis
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / methods*
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography / methods*
  • Male
  • Neck / blood supply
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted