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Abstract #4448

Imaging of the Inner Ear at 7T: Initial Results

Taro Takahara1, Hans Hoogduin1, Fredy Vissor1, Shinji Naganawa2, Thomas Kwee1, Peter Luijten1

1Radiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands; 2Radiology, Nagoya Univeristy, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan

To our knowledge, this is the first time the inner ear was imaged at 7T using a 3D-turbo spin echo sequence. Although not all parts of the inner ear could be visualized well due to inhomogeneities, our results are promising and may have a positive impact for future (MR) studies of cochlear implants. Improvement in B1 shimming and dedicated RF pulses are expected to further improve image quality.