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Abstract #5138

3D variable flip angle fast spin echo imaging of the cervical spine : Improved image quality and decreased scan time with outer volume suppression

Ho-Joon Lee1, Suchandrima Banerjee2, Dong Eun Kim3, Sung-Min Gho3, and Seung-Koo Lee1

1Radiology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea, Republic of, 2Global MR Applications & Workflow, GE Healthcare, Menlo Park, CA, 3GE Healthcare, Seoul, Korea, Republic of

Application of the volumetric fast spin echo (FSE) imaging in MRI is increasing, due to innate capability for multi-planar reconstruction, and potentials for a simplified workflow. However application to the cervical and thoracic area may be challenging because ghosting/phase encoded motion artifacts from swallowing, respiration and pulsations are frequent and severe in these regions, leading to image degradation. 3D FSE with outer volume suppression is a robust method for imaging the cervical spine, which provides improved image quality at a decreased scan time.

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