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Abstract #3474

Comparison of TSE and EPI for renal DTI

Fabian Hilbert1, Tobias Wech1, Henning Neubauer1, Simon Veldhoen1, Thorsten Alexander Bley1, and Herbert Köstler1

1Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

Echo-planar imaging (EPI) is usually applied to acquire diffusion-weighted images. While EPI is fast in acquiring an entire image, it brings along distortion artifacts. Turbo spin echo (TSE) acquisitions require more time than EPI, but avoid distortions. Purpose of this study was to compare TSE and EPI for diffusion tensor imaging of the human kidney. We found similar mean diffusivity with EPI and TSE. Fractional anisotropy provides good corticomedullary contrast with both methods TSE and EPI. TSE is a practicable alternative to EPI for diffusion tensor imaging of the kidney.

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