Integrated Bloch-Siegert B₁ mapping and multislice imaging of hyperpolarized ¹³C pyruvate and bicarbonate in the heart.
Lau AZ., Chen AP., Cunningham CH.
Hyperpolarization of (13) C labeled substrates via dynamic nuclear polarization has been used as a method to noninvasively study real-time metabolic processes occurring in vivo. In these studies, proper calibration of radiofrequency transmit power is required to efficiently observe rapidly decaying magnetization. Conventional transmit radiofrequency field (B₁⁺) mapping methods rely on placing magnetization in a fixed, known state prior to imaging, making them unsuitable for imaging of hyperpolarized magnetization. Recently, a phase-based B(1) mapping method based on the Bloch-Siegert shift has been reported. This method uses a B(1) -dependent shift in the resonance frequency of nuclei in the presence of an off-resonance radiofrequency pulse. In this article, we investigate the feasibility of Bloch-Siegert B(1) mapping and observation of metabolism of hyperpolarized [1-¹³C] pyruvate in vivo, in a single injection. The technique is demonstrated with phantom experiments, and in normal rat and pigs in vivo. This method is anticipated to improve quantitative measurements of hyperpolarized (13) C metabolism in vivo by enabling accurate flip-angle corrections. This work demonstrates the use of Bloch-Siegert B(1) mapping under challenging out-of-equilibrium imaging conditions.