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Abstract #2583

A Novel Swallow Detection Device for Carotid Artery Imaging

Jason K. Mendes1, Dennis L. Parker1, Robb Merrill1, J. Rock Hadley1

1Radiology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States

Carotid MRI still suffers from blurring and ghosting artifacts due to patient swallowing and associated palatal motion. A simple pneumatic device coupled to a respiration monitoring system (available on most clinical scanners) can be used to detect patient swallowing and improve image quality.