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Abstract #2470

Simple Approach for Increasing SNR, Reducing Breast Shading and Improving Fat Suppression at 3T

Ileana Hancu1, Laura Sacolick2, Seung-Kyun Lee1, W Thomas Dixon1, Randy Giaquinto1, Graeme McKinnon3, Vijayanand Alagappan4

1GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY, United States; 2GE Global Research Center, Munich, Germany; 3GE Healthcare, Waukesha, WI, United States; 4GE Healthcare, Aurora, OH, United States

The main cause of the shading and improper fat suppression artifacts in breast imaging at 3T was identified as a bimodal distribution of the excitation field. A correction approach, based on the permanent placement of a passive loop tuned to 150MHz over the (always weaker) right side of a standard 8 channel breast receive array, was shown to mitigate the problem, result in more uniform B1transmit, better fat suppression and higher SNR, all with lower specific absorption rate.