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Abstract #0120

Water-Fat Separation in Diffusion-Weighted MRI Using an EPI-IDEAL Approach

Jedrzej Burakiewicz1, Geoffrey David Charles-Edwards1, 2, Vicky Goh1, 2, Tobias Schaeffter1

1King's College London, London, United Kingdom; 2Guy's and St. Thomas' NHS Trust, London, United Kingdom

Effective fat suppression can significantly extend the acquisition time in EPI-based diffusion MRI outside the brain. We present a single-shot diffusion-weighted EPI in combination with IDEAL method for fat-water sepa-ration utilising the inherent signal averaging from the chemical shift encoding. We utilise a B0 map acquired without diffusion weighting to demodulate images at higher b-values before reconstruction to improve the wa-ter-fat separation. This technique was tested in phantom and healthy volunteers.