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Abstract #3912

Quality Assurance Phantoms and Procedures for UHF MRI ‒ The German Ultrahigh Field Imaging (GUFI) Approach

Maximilian N. Voelker1, Oliver Kraff1, Eberhard Pracht2, Astrid Wollrab3, Andreas K. Bitz4, Tony Stöcker2, Harald H. Quick1,5, Oliver Speck3,6, and Mark E. Ladd1,4

1Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany, 2German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Bonn, Germany, 3Otto-von-Guericke-University, Magdeburg, Germany, 4Medical Physics in Radiology, German Cancer Research Center (dkfz), Heidelberg, Germany, 5High Field and Hybrid MR Imaging, University Hospital Essen, University of Duisburg-Essen, 6Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Magddeburg, Germany

The German Ultrahigh Field Imaging network (GUFI, is a user group of 13 German and neighboring sites that all operate a UHF (7T or 9.4T) MRI system. Due to the lack of common quality assurance (QA) procedures for UHF, GUFI started an initiative to unify QA procedures at these sites. A QA phantom and measurement protocol were developed especially for UHF that is currently being rolled out to all member sites. The QA data allow monitoring of individual system performance based on long-term data analysis or by comparison to pooled data from all sites.

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