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Abstract #4280

Diffusion-Weighted Zoomed EPI of the Larynx & Oral Cavity/oropharynx

Daniel Guo Quae Chong1, Dechen Wangmo Tshering Vogel1, Josef Pfeuffer2, Andre de Oliveira2, Berthold Kiefer2, Johnannes Micheal Froehlich1,3, Harriet Thoeny1

1Dept. of Diagnostic, Interventional & Pediatric Radiology (DIPR), Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland; 2Siemens AG, Erlangen, Germany; 3Guerbet AG, Zurich, Switzerland

Zoomed-EPI was compared with conventional EPI for imaging of the larynx and oral cavity/oropharynx being regions highly susceptible for artifacts, but with a high incidence of tumors warranting a reliable DW-MRI technique. Zoomed-EPI allows a reduced field of view readout scheme leading to a reduced phase evolution induced by the local field inhomogeneities. The aim of our study was to prospectively compare both EPI and Zoomed-EPI at 3T for DW-MRI of the larynx and oral cavity/oropharynx. Our results show that Zoomed-EPI provides less distortion artifacts, higher resolution in equal scan time and similar resultant ADC values.