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Abstract #1323

The Effect of RF Exposure Duration in RF Pulse Design Using Temperature Constraints

Cem M Deniz1,2, Giuseppe Carluccio1, and Christopher M Collins1,2

1Department of Radiology, Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research (CAI2R) and Bernard and Irene Schwartz Center for Biomedical Imaging, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, United States, 2The Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, United States

There is an increasing interest in using temperature to ensure safety in MRI. We designed parallel transmission RF pulses using either SAR or temperature constraints and compared to each other and unconstrained RF pulse design in terms of excitation fidelity and safety for four different RF exposure durations (from 6 mins to 24 mins). We found that the benefit of using temperature correlation matrices on RF pulse design diminishes as RF exposure duration increases. However, safety of the subject is always guaranteed (the maximum temperature was equal to 39°C). This trend was observed in both head and hip regions, where the perfusion rates are very different.

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