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Using a field-map to undistort EPIs
Background
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Acquiring fieldmaps
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What you'll need to undistort an EPI data series
Guide and reference
Step-by-step example
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Siemens step-by-step example

First, get the Siemens example dataset (2MB) (thanks to Michael Benharrosh and Marlene Richter at Princeton University for this).

Unzip it and you should have three images in analyze format: an EPI, and the phase and magnitude from a gre_fieldmapping sequence.

When you've installed the tool, at the matlab prompt type

>> fieldmap_undistort_v3

Then, in the SPM window, choose the following options

Accept all defaults

No

Start at which stage

Reco (default)

Which option?

Siemens gre_fieldmapping

Realign fieldmaps to com

Yes (default)

Shift EPI forward by

0 (default)

Evolution time

2.46 (default)

Slice angle of EPIs relative to fieldmaps

0 (default)

Bandwidth

2604

Axis of phase encoding (undistortion)

y (default)

Constrain coregistration

Translations only (default)

Type of interpolation

sinc (default)

Maximum shift allowed

9999 (default)

Adjust mean displacement?

Force mean to zero (default)

Directory for fieldmap files

Choose a blank directory (e.g., fieldmaps)

Choose GRE phase map

PHANTOM_FIELDMAP_PHASE.img

Choose GRE magnitude map

PHANTOM_FIELDMAP_MAG.img

Choose EPI to coregister to

PHANTOM_EPI.img

Choose EPIs to undistort

PHANTOM_EPI.img

The EPI before and after undistortion should look like this:

http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/images/fm_phantom_before_undist.jpg

http://imaging.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/images/fm_phantom_after_undist.jpg

There's nothing that can be done about the dropout, but even the large distortion produced by this mis-shimming is mostly corrected.

If you are going to collect your own data on a Siemens machine and your system doesn't allow you to reconstruct both mag and phase simultaneously, you'll need to change one line in your pulse sequence. Contact Stefan Thesen at Siemens [his surname] @siemens.com who'll probably be able to help.)

Bruker step-by-step example

First, get the Bruker example dataset (34MB)

Run by typing fieldmap_undistort at the SPM prompt, and choose the following options. Where requested, choose the directories and files from your copy of the data.

Accept all defaults:

Yes

Choose Directory of Phase Map:

example_dataset/phasemaps

Choose Directory of Phase 1a:

example_dataset/rawprereco/10

Choose Directory of Phase 1b:

example_dataset/rawprereco/11

Choose Directory of Phase 1c:

example_dataset/rawprereco/12

Choose EPI header file (IMND or brkhdr):

example_dataset/epis/000484 m03_04_EPI.brkhdr

Choose EPI to register to:

example_dataset/epis/meany000484-m03_04_EPI_0002.img

Choose EPI to undistort:

example_dataset/epis/meany000484-m03_04_EPI_0002.img

The undistorted EPIs will be in the same directory as the raw EPIs, with the added suffix ā€˜uā€™.