Bonnie N. Joe1, Vibhas S. Deshpande2, Dorota J. Wisner1, Vignesh A. Arasu1, Nola M. Hylton1, Gerhard A. Laub2
1Dept of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, UCSF, San Francisco, CA, United States; 2Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc, San Francisco, CA, United States
Good fat suppression is a fundamental aspect of diagnostic quality breast MR for cancer screening. However, obtaining homogeneous, dark fat suppression for bilateral T1-weighted breast MR is particularly challenging at 3T due to higher B0 and B1 inhomogeneities compared with 1.5T. These fat suppression challenges present a significant limitation to widespread acceptance of clinical breast MR at 3T, often overshadowing the potential advantages afforded by the increased signal to noise at 3T. In this abstract we describe a technique to achieve consistent homogeneous, dark fat suppression for T1 breast MR imaging at 3T.