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Abstract #0332

Solid-State MRI as a noninvasive alternative to computed tomography for craniofacial imaging

Hyunyeol Lee1, Xia Zhao1, Hee Kwon Song1, Rosaline Zhang2, Scott P Bartlett2, and Felix W Wehrli1

1Radiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 2Plastic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Computed tomography (CT) imaging is the imaging modality of choice for 3D visualization of bone. However, there is growing concern about repeated exposure to ionizing radiation, in particular during infancy, for instance, in patients with craniosynostosis pre- and post-surgery. Here, we developed a dual-RF, dual-echo, 3D UTE sequence using view-sharing to minimize scan time. Images are reconstructed by combining long- and short-RF, first and second echoes, yielding soft-tissue suppressed skull images at 1.1 mm isotropic resolution in 6 minutes scan time in a human skull ex vivo and test subjects in vivo. 3D renderings display the relevant craniofacial skeleton similar to CT.

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