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Abstract #3210

Improvements in Whole Body Diffusion Weighted Imaging: Combination of Integrated Slice-Specific Dynamic Shimming and Readout-Segmented EPI

Wei Liu1, Alto Stemmer2, Elisabeth Weiland2, and Kun Zhou1

1Siemens Shenzhen Magnetic Resonance Ltd, Shenzhen, China, 2Siemens Healthcare, Erlangen, Germany

Single-shot echo planar imaging (ss-EPI) is most frequently used for whole body diffusion weighted imaging (WB-DWI) because of short acquisition time and motion insensitivity. However, ss-EPI is vulnerable to the effects of the static field inhomogeneity and poses a challenge to perform ss-EPI based WB-DWI at 3 Tesla. Integrated slice-specific dynamic shimming (iShim) combined with ss-EPI has shown a remarkable improvement on the susceptibility related artifacts in WB-DWI. In this study, we demonstrate the application of rs-EPI using iShim to WB-DWI, which can provide higher quality WB-DWI, specifically less spatial distortions.

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