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Abstract #3179

Parallel RF Transmission for Clinical MR Imaging of the Human Spinal Cord at 3.0 Tesla: Preliminary Results

Michael Nelles1, Roy Knig1, Jrgen Gieseke1,2, Marjolijn Guerand-van Battum2, Marco Nijenhuis2, Guido Kukuk1, Daniel Thomas1, Magnus Andersson1, Beate Koberstein1, Hans Heinz Schild1, Winfried A. Willinek1

1Dept. of Radiology / Neuroradiology, University of Bonn Hospital and Medical School, Bonn, NRW, Germany; 2Philips Healthcare, Best, Netherlands

Parallel RF transmission holds the promise of reducing dielectric resonance effects at high field strengths and enables control of RF distribution to optimize RF deposition. Up to now, parallel RF transmission has not been used or fully tested on routine clinical high-field MR systems. Our study demonstrates that parallel RF transmission in MR imaging of the spinal cord yields a diagnostic image quality readily comparable to that of standard single transmission sequences, while at the same time saving a significant amount of examination time.