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Abstract #4132

MR Mammography at 7 Tesla: Preliminary Results

Lale Umutlu1,2, Stefan Maderwald1,2, Oliver Kraff1,2, Jens M. Theysohn1,2, Sherko Kuemmel3, Elke A. Hauth1,2, Michael Forsting1,2, Gerald Antoch1,2, Mark E. Ladd1,2, Harald H. Quick1,2, Thomas C. Lauenstein1,2

1Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Hospital Essen, Essen, NRW, Germany; 2Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Essen, NRW, Germany; 33Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Hospital Essen, Essen, NRW, Germany

Within the last three decades, breast MR imaging has emerged from low to high magnetic field strength by overcoming RF-related limitations of SAR and higher susceptibility effects. With the establishment of a specific examination protocol, ultrahighfield MR mammography at 7T was feasible with a higher spatial and a temporal resolution. The imaging results demonstrate its high diagnostic potential in revealing detailed anatomical and pathological features. The implementation of further advanced bilateral coil concepts is needed to circumvent current coil-related limitation, including suboptimal penetration depth, SAR limitations, and the inability to perform parallel imaging.