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Abstract #0704

Can Zero TE imaging be a viable alternative to micro CT in dentistry imaging : application in tooth implanting and extraction ?

Yu Kang1, Bing Wu2, Shikuo Fu2, and Nan Hong1

1Peking University people's hospital, Beijing, China, People's Republic of, 2GE healthcare MR Research China, Beijing, China, People's Republic of

Micro CT is currently used for dentistry imaging. Not only it is associated with radiation, it also offers poor contrast of the mandible canal, whose position needs to be precisely known during tooth implantation and extraction. Conventional MRI fails for this case due to the short T2 time of the teeth as well as the susceptibility in the oral cavity. Zero TE imaging, due to its technical uniqueness, seems to be a viable solution to this. In this work, imaging of the the jaw of a patient with both CT, conventional MR and zTE imaging was performed.

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