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Abstract #2977

Application of variable refocusing flip angle SSFSE T2 for improved MR Enterography in Pediatric Patients

Yi Li1, Daniel Litwiller2, Pauline Worters3, Ersin Bayram4, John MacKenzie1, and Jesse Courtier1

1Department of Radiology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, United States, 2Global MR Applications and Workflow, GE Healthcare, Rochester, MN, United States, 3Global MR Applications and Workflow, GE Healthcare, Menlo Park, CA, United States, 4Global MR Applications and Workflow, GE Healthcare, Houston, TX, United States

MR enterography is the modality of choice for the imaging of inflammatory bowel disease, but presents unique challenges in the pediatric population, particularly with respect to motion degradation. Variable refocusing flip angle single shot fast spin echo (vrfSSFSE), an improvement upon the traditional single shot fast spin echo (SSFSE) sequence, allows for shortened acquisition times and improved contrast and spatial resolution. Clinical use of vrfSSFSE in pediatric MR enterography has led to subjective improvements in image quality and has allowed for improved identification of many imaging findings related to inflammatory bowel disease.

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