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Abstract #0966

Feasibility of High-Resolution Pituitary MRI at 7.0 Tesla

A.A.J. De Rotte1, A.G. Van der Kolk1, D.R. Rutgers1, P.M.J. Zelissen2, Fredy Visser1, 3, Peter R. Luijten1, Jeroen Hendrikse1

1Radiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands; 2Internal Medicine, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands; 3Philips Healthcare, Best, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

For diagnosing small pituitary gland lesions, a high spatial resolution is necessary. Due to its superior soft tissue contrast, MRI is the technique of choice for diagnosis of these lesions. Since a higher fieldstrength enables higher spatial resolutions, a dedicated pituitary gland protocol was developed at 7.0T, consisting of a T1-weighted Magnetization-Preparation Inversion Recovery TSE sequence and a T2-weighted TSE sequence, both with 0.8mm isotropic voxels. Highly detailed visualization of the pituitary gland was possible in 10 healthy volunteers and 2 patients, with high image quality and -contrast. This dedicated 7.0T protocol could have additional value in the clinical setting.