Moritz Mie1, Johanna C. Nissen2, Frank G. Zllner1, Melanie Heilmann1, Henrik J. Michaely2, Stefan O. Schnberg2, Lothar R. Schad1
1Department of Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany; 2Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany
SWI has been investigated for its applicability to renal imaging. To handle the problems of organ motion and a higher oxygenation level of the kidneys compared to the brain, the acquisition time has been cut down to allow for breath-hold examinations and different post-processing methods were investigated. Results showed that our new post-processing strategy could produce a susceptibility weighted contrast enhancement by a factor of 1.5 compared to the standard approach. The results represent initial experiences with the SWI for abdominal imaging which proof the principal feasibility.