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Abstract #3424

Zero-TE computed Diffusion Weighted Imaging Technique for the abdomen

Hiroshi Kusahara1, Yuki Takai1, and Yoshimori Kassai1

1MRI Systems Development Department, Toshiba Medical Systems Corporation, Tochigi, Japan

In this study is to adapt the short-TE cDWI (sTE-cDWI) technique, including the “Zero-TE”, validated previously in the brain4 to the abdominal region. The algorithm under evaluation allows computing diffusion images for arbitrary combinations of TE and b-value based on three acquisitions (3-points method). With this method we demonstrate it is possible to suppress T2 shine-through effects and as well as improve the signal-to-noise and contrast-to-noise ratios of tissues with short T2 and low ADC. The clinical benefits of the method and the preliminary results on volunteers are discussed.

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