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Abstract #1367

High Resolution 3D GRE Brain MR Elastography is Feasible with a High Performance Compact 3T Scanner

Arvin Arani1, Roger C Grimm1, Joshua D Trzasko1, Paul T Weavers1, Brandon J Nelson1, Richard Ehman1, Clifford R Jack1, Matthew A Bernstein1, and John Huston III1

1Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, United States

Several groups have investigated the role of magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) for the diagnosis of neurological diseases, which has primarily been done using 2D imaging acquisitions. The objective of this study is to determine if 3D FGRE MRE can localize small regions of elevated stiffness for brain MRE applications on a high performance compact 3T head only scanner. This study demonstrated that a compact 3T scanner has sufficient gradient performance to successfully acquire high resolution 3D FGRE MRE exams, and localize inclusions as small as 1.75cm in diameter, which is not possible on a conventional 3T scanner.

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