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Abstract #4015

VIBE with Reversed Asymmetric Echo for Liver Imaging

Agus Priatna1, Eric Hatfield2, Samuel Chang2, Wilhelm Horger3, Stephan Kannengiesser3, Vamsi Narra2

1R&D Collaborations, Siemens Medical Solutions USA, St Louis, MO, USA; 2Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, MO, USA; 3MR Applications Development, Siemens AG Healthcare Sector, Erlangen, Germany

Volumetric Interpolated Breath-hold Examination (VIBE) has been routinely used for dynamic contrast enhanced MR imaging of the body organs including the liver. In this article, we develop a technique using a reversed asymmetric acquisition in the readout direction such that the opposed phase TE can be acquired in a short TR while maintaining excellent fat suppression. This method significantly reduces the breath-hold time period which is essential for applications on severely ill patients in the clinical environment.