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Home < Projects < Diffusion < 2007 Project Week EPI Distortion correction using field maps

Key Investigators

  • BWH: Marek Kubicki
  • Anyone else who is interesting in helping


EPI data collected for DTI and fMRI analysis are spatially distorted, due to susceptibility/chemical shift artifacts. Our VCFS pilot data have been collected using parallel imaging, which reduces distortions, but does not eliminate them. In our data, we see artifacts in the inferior temporal and inferior frontal brain regions. As suggested by Bruce Fischl at the last Core1 meeting, we collected field maps to calculate distortions, which information could be then used to "undistort" images.

Approach, Plan

In the series of field mapping, we acquired two sets of images with different TEs (9 and 15 ms). In each set, we have real images, imaginary images, and magnitude images for each slice location. Therefore, total number of images in the series is 2*3*85. We have one dataset that includes sMRI, DTI and fMRI, and need help with distortion correction.

Data can be found on BIRN at:


We have discussed different strategies of distortion correction approaches. We are in the process of investigating "free surfer" abbility to deal with our field maps.