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Abstract #2177

Influence of background suppression and retrospective realignment on free-breathing renal perfusion imaging using ASL

Manuel Taso1, Arnaud Guidon2, and David C. Alsop1

1Division of MRI Research, department of Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States, 2Global MR Applications and Workflow, GE Healthcare, Boston, MA, United States

While a consensus exists on the benefits of background suppression for brain ASL to reduce physiological noise, conflicting results have been presented for renal applications. Furthermore, bulk motion management remains a challenge for clinical applications. In the current work, we investigate the effects and interactions between background suppression and retrospective motion-correction when used for single-slice free-breathing renal ASL. We emphasize the influence of BS and motion-correction on thermal and physiological noise levels and show that BS is critical for renal ASL using pCASL while retrospective motion-compensation helps in increasing image sharpness.

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