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Abstract #3873

Automated MR Scanner Workflow of combined Chest, Abdomen and Pelvis Exams: First Clinical Experience

Caecilia S Reiner1,2, Bernd Kuehn3, Daniel Nanz2, Berthold Kiefer3, and Gustav Andreisek1,2

1Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 2University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, 3Oncology Application Predevelopment, Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany

An increasing demand for time-efficient and standardized MRI drives the development of automated MRI-workflows. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of such a novel automated scanner-workflow for multi-station MRI. The scanner automatically detects the body regions selected and sequences are automatically adjusted to patient’s size and breath-holding capacity to generate optimal image quality. In 20 patients scanned with a multi-station protocol (chest, abdomen, and/or pelvis), image quality was good to excellent and complete body region coverage was achieved in 95% of patients. This nearly “single-button” automated multi-station MRI could open new possibilities in the diagnostic process.

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