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Abstract #1946

Requirements for Optimal B 0 Shimming for a Spectroscopy Voxel in the Frontal Cortex at Ultra-High Fields

Ariane Fillmer 1 and Anke Henning 1,2

1 Institute for Biomedical Engineering, UZH and ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2 Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany

The transition of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to ultra-high fields promises major advantages with respect to SNR and spectral resolution. In order to gain meaningful results, excellent B 0 shimming is of outermost importance. Naturally, the amplitudes of the shim fields are limited by hardware specifications. However, an optimal B 0 inhomogeneity compensation might not be possible within these hardware constraints, especially for regions with large inhomogeneities, such as the frontal cortex. This work investigates the hardware requirements for optimal B 0 inhomogeneity compensation and the effect of shim hardware constraints on B 0 shimming for a spectroscopy voxel in the frontal cortex.

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