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Project TitleMethod for eddy-current artifact reduction in balanced steady-state free precession magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Track Code09-079
Short Description
TagsArtifacts, Balanced steady state free precession, eddy currents, interleaved balanced SSFP, magnetic resonance imaging
Posted DateOct 14, 2016 9:46 PM

Market Opportunity

Steady-state free precession magnetic resonance imaging (SSFP MRI) is widely used for clinical applications, but is susceptible to artifacts from eddy currents, particularly those from magnetic field gradients used for imaging and flow encoding. 

USC Solution

USC researchers have developed a method for mitigating such eddy-current artifacts, when two or more gradient waveforms are interleaved in the pulse sequence. This method reduces the level of artifact without increasing total scan time, and provides a parameter that can be optimized on an application-specific basis.

Value Proposition

  • Produces clearer images compared to previous methods
  • Faster scanning
  • Reduces level of artifacts
  • Can be optimized on an application-specific basis


  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Cardiac, body/vascular imaging, brain and abdominal imaging

Stage of Development

  • Implemented and experimentally tested
  • Available for exclusive and non-exclusive license

Intellectual Property

Contact Information

Nikolaus Traitler, Licensing Associate

USC Stevens Center for Innovation

(213) 821-3550



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