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Abstract #0595

Initial Results of Abdominal MRI at 7T using a 16-channel Transmit/Receive Coil

Fabian Hezel1, Peter Kellman2, Christof Thalhammer1, Celal zerdem1, Wolfgang Renz3, Thoralf Niendorf1

1Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility, Max Delbrueck Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany; 2Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics, National Institutes of Health/NHLBI, Bethesda, MD, USA; 3Siemens Medical Systems, Erlangen, Germany

This pilot study examines the feasibility of abdominal imaging at 7.0 T using (i) in-phase and out-of-phase imaging, (ii) high spatial resolution T1-weighted imaging, (iii) fat/water imaging and (iv) T2* mapping in conjunction with a 16 channel torso TX/RX coil array. Despite the observed non-uniformities of the RF field distribution, our initial results suggest that high spatial resolution anatomic details accomplished at 7.0 T can be considered to be beneficial in future clinical liver imaging.