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Abstract #2977

7 Tesla MRI of the Female Pelvis

Oliver Kraff1,2, Lale Umutlu1,2, Sonja Kinner2, Stefan Maderwald1,2, Stephan Orzada1,2, Andreas K. Bitz1,2, Michael Forsting2, Mark E. Ladd1,2, Thomas C. Lauenstein2

1Erwin L. Hahn Institute for MRI, University Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany; 2Department of Diagnostic & Interventional Radiology & Neuroradiology, University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany

7 Tesla MR imaging of the female pelvis in humans was investigated using a custom-built eight-channel RF transmit/receive body coil and RF shimming. An examination protocol with a strong clinical focus was optimized and implemented. Six healthy volunteers were enrolled in this study. Images were analyzed qualitatively by two senior radiologists. Using subject-specific RF shimming, B1 inhomogeneities could be effectively reduced with only minor effects on the SAR limits. Not only gradient echo but also typical clinical and SAR-intensive sequences such as TSE performed quite well.