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Abstract #1627

Improvement of diffusion-weighted image quality by iShim toward realization of cervical spinal cord region QSI

Yoshifumi Sone1, Zhouchen Lu1, Junichi Hata2, Daisuke Nakashima3, Katsuya Maruyama4, Alto Stemme5, Takeo Nagura 3, Morio Matsumoto3, and Masaya Nakamura3

1Medical Scanning Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan, 2Central Institute for Experimental Animals, Japan, Tokyo, Japan, 3Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan, 4MR Research & Collaboration Dpt., Diagnostic Imaging Business Area, Siemens Healthcare K.K., Tokyo, Japan, 5Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Erlangen, Germany, Erlangen, Germany

Herein, we adopted diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) with a high fat suppression effect and high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in the cervical region, where magnetic field inhomogeneity may occur, using integrated slice-by-slice shimming (iShim), which improves static magnetic field (B0) shimming accuracy. We examined spinal cord SNR and standard deviation in healthy volunteers and performed cervical DWI with the conventional B0 shimming method and iShim, respectively. Furthermore, to verify whether short TI inversion recovery (STIR) or water excitation (WE) was appropriate as a fat suppression method, we used DWI with a high SNR at the cervical region by combining iShim with WE.

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