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Abstract #4408

A Simple and Fast Approach for Spinal Cord Imaging at 3T with High In-Plane Resolution and Good Contrast

Matthias Weigel1 and Oliver Bieri1

1Dept. of Radiology, Radiological Physics, University of Basel Hospital, Basel, Switzerland

For fast spinal cord images of high in-plane resolution and estimable contrast, an image combination of different inversion recovery (IR) prepared balanced steady state free precession (bSSFP) images acquired by a Modified Look Locker IR (MOLLI) sequence with fixed RR-intervals is suggested. The strength of the approach lies in its simplicity and that for short acquisition times of currently about 2mins per slice already a good contrast can be achieved at the high in-plane resolution of 0.4mm.

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