Purpose To develop the simultaneous acquisition of multiple voxels in localized MR spectroscopy (MRS) using sensitivity encoding, allowing reduced total scan time compared to conventional sequential single voxel (SV) acquisition methods. Methods Dual volume localization was used to simultaneously excite voxels in both hemispheres. Receiver coil sensitivity profiles were used to unfold the data. To demonstrate the method, MRS voxels in the left and right hippocampus were measured at 3 tesla (T) and the left and right motor cortices at 7T. Spectra were compared to conventional SV acquisitions. Spectra were also recorded from the lesion and contralateral hemisphere of a patient with a low-grade oligodendroglioma at 7T. Results It was possible to generate signal in two voxels simultaneously and separate the signal originating from the different locations, with spectral results almost identical to those observed using conventional single voxel methods. The method results in an increased chemical shift displacement artifact, which might be improved by advanced pulse designs, and a noise increase due to the unfolding g-factor, which was larger at 3T than 7T. Conclusion The simultaneous acquisition of voxels for MRS is possible by using modulated slice-selective pulses and receive coil sensitivity profiles to unfold the resulting signals. Magn Reson Med 74:599-606, 2015.
- MR spectroscopy
- high field
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging