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Abstract #5001

Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) of the Kidney at 3T Initial Results

Moritz Mie1, Johanna C. Nissen2, Frank G. Zllner1, Melanie Heilmann1, Henrik J. Michaely2, Stefan O. Schnberg2, Lothar R. Schad1

1Department of Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany; 2Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany

SWI has been investigated for its applicability to renal imaging. To handle the problems of organ motion and a higher oxygenation level of the kidneys compared to the brain, the acquisition time has been cut down to allow for breath-hold examinations and different post-processing methods were investigated. Results showed that our new post-processing strategy could produce a susceptibility weighted contrast enhancement by a factor of 1.5 compared to the standard approach. The results represent initial experiences with the SWI for abdominal imaging which proof the principal feasibility.