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Abstract #1618

High Resolution 3D Multi-Slab Multi-Shot Spin Echo Diffusion-Weighted Imaging

Anh Tu Van1, Dimitrios C. Karampinos2, Bradley P. Sutton3,4

1Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, United States; 2Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco, CA, United States; 3Bioengineering, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, United States; 4Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, United States

High isotropic resolution diffusion-weighted imaging is required in order to reduce partial volume effects in the estimation of diffusion metrics. In the present work, a novel high resolution 3D spin echo diffusion-weighted acquisition strategy is proposed. The acquisition is time efficient, fairly immune to gross motion and pulsation effects, and has a simple diffusion-weighted signal model. High quality, high resolution (1.88 x 1.88 x 1.88 mm3) diffusion-weighted images, FA maps, color-coded FA maps (13 directions) with whole brain coverage were achieved within a reasonable scan time.