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Abstract #2846

Small Animal MR Imaging Using a 3.0 Tesla Whole Body Scanner: Rapid B1+ Field Mapping for Quantitative MRI

Ryutaro Nakagami1,2, Masayuki Yamaguchi1, Akira Hirayama1,3, Akira Nabetani3, Atsushi Nozaki3, Takumi Higaki4,5, Natsumaro Kutsuna4,5, Seiichiro Hasezawa4,5, Hirofumi Fujii1,5, Mamoru Niitsu6

1Functional Imaging Division, National Cancer Center Hospital East, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan; 2Graduate School of Human Health Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan; 3GE Healthcare Japan, Ltd., Hino, Tokyo, Japan; 4Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan; 5Institute for Bioinformatics Research and Development, Japan Science and Technology Agency, Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan; 6Faculty of Health Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Arakawa, Tokyo, Japan

There has been growing interest in MR imaging studies of small animal models of human diseases as small animal MRI systems using a combination of 3.0 Tesla whole-body scanners and highly sensitive solenoid coils, which provides high spatial resolution and high sensitivity, as they are preferable for translational research. In this study, we demonstrate the feasibility of these MRI systems for quantitative MRI research by showing B1+ homogeneity in the mouse brain. In vivo B1+ maps were obtained by a rapid B1+ field mapping technique using a SPGR sequence and a brand-new calculation method for determining the 180 null signal.