In single shot echo train imaging all the data required for a two dimensional image is acquired from a series of echoes generated following a single RF excitation pulse. Spatial resolution is limited because all samples must be acquired before the signal decays. In this paper we show theoretically that more echoes and hence better spatial resolution can be obtained with single shot GRASE imaging than with either echo planar imaging or single shot RARE imaging. This conclusion holds for both conventional imaging hardware and specialized gradient hardware designed for EPI. High quality single shot GRASE images support the theoretical conclusions.
- echo planar imaging
- high speed MRI