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Abstract #3093

Achieving Consistent, Homogeneous, Dark Fat Suppression on Bilateral Breast MRI at 3.0 Tesla in the Clinical Setting

Bonnie N. Joe1, Vibhas S. Deshpande2, Dorota J. Wisner1, Vignesh A. Arasu1, Nola M. Hylton1, Gerhard A. Laub2

1Dept of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging, UCSF, San Francisco, CA, United States; 2Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc, San Francisco, CA, United States

Good fat suppression is a fundamental aspect of diagnostic quality breast MR for cancer screening. However, obtaining homogeneous, dark fat suppression for bilateral T1-weighted breast MR is particularly challenging at 3T due to higher B0 and B1 inhomogeneities compared with 1.5T. These fat suppression challenges present a significant limitation to widespread acceptance of clinical breast MR at 3T, often overshadowing the potential advantages afforded by the increased signal to noise at 3T. In this abstract we describe a technique to achieve consistent homogeneous, dark fat suppression for T1 breast MR imaging at 3T.