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Abstract #0932

The Benefits of Higher Order B0 Shimming of the Human Brain at 7T

Hoby Patrick Hetherington1, Kai-Ming Lo2, William Punchard2, Piotr Starewicz2, Jullie W. Pan1

1Neurosurgery, Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States; 2Resonance Research Inc., Billerica, MA, United States

With the advent of ultrahigh field systems, 7T, significant improvements in spectroscopic imaging studies of the human brain have been anticipated. However, these gains are dependent upon the achievable B0 homogeneity, both globally (over the entire ROI or slice) and locally (the linewidths of individual SI voxels within the ROI). Our 7T human brain data demonstrates that substantial improvements in both global and local homogeneity can be achieved using 1st-3rd and higher order shims. The required strengths to achieve higher order terms (4th and 5th orders) can be obtained using a shim insert and modest strength power supplies.