Numerical simulation of PRESS localized MR spectroscopy

Andrew A. Maudsley, Varanavasi Govindaraju, Karl Young, Zakaria K. Aygula, Pradip M. Pattany, Brian J. Soher, Gerald B. Matson

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Numerical simulations of NMR spectra can provide a rapid and convenient method for optimizing acquisition sequence parameters and generating prior spectral information required for parametric spectral analysis. For spatially resolved spectroscopy, spatially dependent variables affect the resultant spectral amplitudes and phases, which must therefore be taken into account in any spectral simulation model. In this study, methods for numerical simulation of spectra obtained using the PRESS localization pulse sequence are examined. A comparison is made between three different simulation models that include different levels of detail regarding the spatial distributions of the excitation functions, and spin evolution during application of the pulses. These methods were evaluated for measurement of spectra from J-coupled spin systems that are of interest for in vivo proton spectroscopy and results compared with experimental data. It is demonstrated that for optimized refocusing pulses it is sufficient to account for chemical shift effects only, although there is some advantage to implementing a more general numerical simulation approach that includes information on RF pulse excitation profiles, which provides sufficient accuracy while maintaining moderate computational requirements and flexibility to handle different spin systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-63
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Magnetic Resonance
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005


  • In vivo proton MR spectroscopy
  • Numerical simulation
  • Press

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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