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Abstract #3629

Dedicated High-Performance, Lightweight, Low-Cryogen Compact 3.0T MRI System for Advanced Brain Imaging

Thomas Foo1, Mark Vermilyea1, Minfeng Xu1, Paul Thompson1, Ye Bai1, Gene Conte1, Christopher Van Epps1, James Rochford1, Christopher Immer1, Seung-Kyun Lee1, Ek Tsoon Tan1, Dominic Graziani1, Christopher Hardy1, John Schenck1, Eric Fiveland1, Yunhong Shu2, John Huston III2, Matt Bernstein2, Wolfgang Stautner1, Justin Ricci1, and Evangelos Laskaris1

1GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY, NY, United States, 2Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, United States

A high-performance, lightweight, low-cryogen compact 3.0T MRI system for imaging the brain has been developed. This system has a gradient performance of 80 mT/m and 700 T/m/s, and has a magnet weight of less than 2,000 kg and has a 5 Gauss fringe field area of 24 m2. This novel system has produced images that are equivalent if not better than that encountered in whole-body 3.0T scanners. This was demonstrated in imaging tests in healthy volunteers. Clinical evaluation is scheduled for a patient population.

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