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Abstract #3646

Fast, high spatial resolution MRI of the ankle with parallel imaging using GRAPPA at 3.0T

Bauer J, Banerjee S, Majumdar S, Link T, Krug R, Henning T, Barr C
University of California, Technische Universitaet Muenchen

Magnetic resonance imaging at 3.0T has shown potential for enhancing musculoskeletal imaging. In most studies the higher SNR obtained at 3.0T compared to 1.5T has been used to improve image quality and spatial resolution. In routine clinical sequences, however, scan time is also a major consideration. This study demonstrates that parallel imaging with GRAPPA reconstruction provides a feasible way to substantially cut down imaging time without loss of image quality.