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Abstract #1796

Subject Tolerance for a Whole Body 7T Scanner

Maarten J. Versluis1,2, Wouter M. Teeuwisse1,2, Hermien E. Kan1,2, Andrew G. Webb1,2, Matthias J.P. van Osch,2

1Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands; 2C .J. Gorter Center for High Field MRI, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands

Patient tolerance for high field MRI examinations (7 Tesla) is important for the successful clinical introduction of these systems. The first 102 subjects that participated as volunteers in MRI examinations were asked to fill out a questionnaire to assess comfort and side effects, such as dizziness, metallic taste and overall comfort. Our results show that neuro MRI examinations at 7 Tesla are well tolerated, with only 3% of subjects rating the examination as unpleasant. Most mentioned complaints are dizziness moving in and out of the scanner and scanner noise.