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Abstract #2484

A hardware-independent environment for MR acquisition and simulation

Kelvin Layton 1 , Stefan Kroboth 1 , Jochen Leupold 1 , Huijun Yu 1 , Feng Jia 1 , Sebastian Littin 1 , Tony Stcker 2 , and Maxim Zaitsev 1

1 Medical Physics, University Medical Center Freiburg, Freiburg, BW, Germany, 2 German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Bonn, NRW, Germany

This work presents a sequence programming environment that is vendor-independent and supports rapid sequence prototyping through simulation and acquisition. The environment provides a drag-and-drop programming interface that allows researchers to run sequences on any hardware platform. Central to this work, is a new hardware-independent sequence file format that can easily be converted into hardware-dependent instructions for execution on an MR scanner. This is demonstrated by using a single sequence file to obtain experimental data using scanners from two different MR manufacturers. The improved workflow dramatically reduces sequence development time, provides new teaching opportunities and promotes vendor-independence across institutions.

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