Advancing RF pulse design using an open-competition format: Report from the 2015 ISMRM challenge

Citation:

William A Grissom, Kawin Setsompop, Samuel A Hurley, Jeffrey Tsao, Julia V Velikina, and Alexey A Samsonov. 2017. “Advancing RF pulse design using an open-competition format: Report from the 2015 ISMRM challenge.” Magn Reson Med, 78, 4, Pp. 1352-1361.

Abstract:

PURPOSE: To advance the best solutions to two important RF pulse design problems with an open head-to-head competition. METHODS: Two sub-challenges were formulated in which contestants competed to design the shortest simultaneous multislice (SMS) refocusing pulses and slice-selective parallel transmission (pTx) excitation pulses, subject to realistic hardware and safety constraints. Short refocusing pulses are needed for spin echo SMS imaging at high multiband factors, and short slice-selective pTx pulses are needed for multislice imaging in ultra-high field MRI. Each sub-challenge comprised two phases, in which the first phase posed problems with a low barrier of entry, and the second phase encouraged solutions that performed well in general. The Challenge ran from October 2015 to May 2016. RESULTS: The pTx Challenge winners developed a spokes pulse design method that combined variable-rate selective excitation with an efficient method to enforce SAR constraints, which achieved 10.6 times shorter pulse durations than conventional approaches. The SMS Challenge winners developed a time-optimal control multiband pulse design algorithm that achieved 5.1 times shorter pulse durations than conventional approaches. CONCLUSION: The Challenge led to rapid step improvements in solutions to significant problems in RF excitation for SMS imaging and ultra-high field MRI. Magn Reson Med 78:1352-1361, 2017. © 2016 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.
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