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Abstract #3464

Zoomed EPI-DWI of the Kidney Using Two-Dimensional Spatially-Selective Radiofrequency Excitation Pulses

Yong-Lan He1, Philipp Riffel2, Daniel Hausmann2, Stefan Schönberg2, and Ulrike Attenberger2

1Radiology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Beijing, China, People's Republic of, 2Department of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany

This is the first MR study to evaluate the use of zoomed EPI technology for diffusion-weighted imaging in the kidney. Zoomed diffusion-weighted EPI leads to substantial image quality improvements with reduction of susceptibility artifacts in renal DWI. The combination of the two sequences for renal imaging might be recommended: a c-EPI scan to cover and screen the whole upper abdomen and a z-EPI scan focused on the targeted anatomical structure and suspected lesions.

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