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Abstract #3826

An Automated Phantom QA procedure for the Rhineland Study

Eberhard Daniel Pracht1, Christian Schmickler1, Monique Breteler1, and Tony Stoecker1,2

1German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, Bonn, Germany, 2Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

For the Rhineland study, a fully automated phantom QA procedure was developed to monitor the quality characteristics of the MRI scanners. Various QA metrics are investigated to characterize scanner stability and performance over time and across different sites. To ensure measurement reproducibility and consistency standardized phantoms were developed and a dedicated QA protocol as well as a processing pipeline was implemented. The QA scans are acquired each day after the last subject to be able to detect data inconsistencies and hardware defects as soon as possible. This ensures high-throughput data collection with minimal data loss.

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