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Abstract #4747

Improved T2-weighted 3D FLAIR from a compact, lightweight 3T scanner with high-performance gradients

Paul T Weavers1, Norbert Campeau1, Yunhong Shu1, Shengzhen Tao1, Joshua D Trzasko1, Erin M Gray1, Thomas K.F. Foo2, Matt A Bernstein1, and John Huston III1

1Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, United States, 2MRI, GE Global Research, Niskayuna, NY, United States

A compact, low-cryogen 3T MRI scanner has been developed employing high-performance gradients capable of simultaneously achieving 80 mT/m and 700 T/m/s. A comparison study of T2-weighted 3D FLAIR in 16 clinical patients graded by two neuroradiologists has been performed. The compact 3T system performed equally well to a standard whole-body system in terms of motion artifacts and cerebellar folia conspicuity, and performed better in terms of signal-to-noise ratio, lesion conspicuity, gray/white contrast, and overall exam quality.

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