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Abstract #3009

Optimization of MR and PET Image Quality for Breast Imaging with the Biograph MMR

S. L. Bowen1, R. T. Seethamraju2, B. L. Niell3, C. Catana1

1Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States; 2Siemens Healthcare, United States; 3Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States

The specificity of MR in the detection of breast cancer has been shown to be significantly increased when combined with spatially fused F-18-fluorodeoxyglucose PET images. Several factors, however, limit the efficacy of spatially registering images acquired from standalone MR and PET (i.e. limited registration accuracy). Combined MR-PET scanning is expected to significantly improve spatial registration between the separate modalities and as such may improve patient care. Since no breast coil has been developed for the Biograph mMR MR-PET (Siemens Healthcare), we aimed to optimize image quality for breast imaging for MR and PET components using a conventional breast coil.