M. Dylan Tisdall1, 2, Thomas Witzel1, Veneta Tountcheva1, 2, Jennifer A. McNab1, 2, Julien Cohen-Adad1, 2, Ralph Kimmlingen3, Philipp Hoechts
1A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Masschusetts General Hosptial, Charlestown, MA, United States; 2Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Brookline, MA, United States; 3Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany; 4Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Charlestown, MA, United States
We present an analysis of the SNR gains produced in high-b-value diffusion-weighted imaging using a novel 3T system with ultra-high, 300 mT/m maximum gradient amplitude (MAGNETOM Skyra CONNECTOM, Siemens Healthcare). Results are presented for both human and phantom studies with b=10k and b=20k, comparing SNR increases as a function of maximum gradient strength ranging from 40 mT/m (standard on clinical systems) to 300 mT/m.