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Abstract #2633

Feasibility of high throughput scanning at 7T: 13 subjects per hour

Tijl van der Velden1, Erwin Krikken1, Catalina Arteaga1, Fredy Visser2, and Dennis Klomp1

1Radiology, University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2Philips Healthcare, Best, Netherlands

While substantial acceleration in MRI acquisitions have been demonstrated in the last decades (particularly at high fields where SNR is not limited), substantial patient and scan preparation time have been reported that seem to prohibit high patient throughput for clinical MRI. In this study we demonstrate that robust head MRI can be obtained at a throughput of more than 13 subjects per hour, including patient management and scan preparations (even faster than typical X-ray exams). Increased throughput may be an alternative way to “killer applications” in making high field MRI economically viable.

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