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Abstract #0646

Frequency Correction for MR Spectroscopy in the Human Breast At 7 Tesla with External Field Monitoring

Bart Lowie van de Bank1, Vincent Oltman Boer1, Mariska P. Luttje1, Jannie Petra Wijnen1, Gerard van Vliet1, J. M. Hoogduin1, Peter R. Luijten1, Dennis W. Klomp1

1Beeld, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands

Variations in the frequency of the main magnetic field hamper applications in MR imaging and spectroscopy. We demonstrate the feasibility of real time observation of B0 fluctuations in the human breast with a field probe at a 7T MR system. In addition, we demonstrate that direct observation of field distortions may substantially improve frequency correction, compared to the indirect calibration method based on respiratory belt synchronization. The field probes can be used to accurately and directly measure dynamic frequency offsets caused by breathing.