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Abstract #3524

Uniform Combined Reconstruction (UNICORN) of Multi-channel Surface-coil Data at 7T without use of a Reference Scan

Venkata Veerendranadh Chebrolu1, Peter Kollasch1, Vibhas Deshpande2, John Grinstead3, Thomas Benner4, Robin Heidemann4, Daniel Spence5, Joel Felmlee5, Matthew Frick5, and Kimberly K Amrami5

1Siemens Healthineers, Rochester, MN, United States, 2Siemens Healthineers, Austin, TX, United States, 3Siemens Healthineers, Portland, OR, United States, 4Siemens Healthineers, Erlangen, Germany, 5Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, United States

An algorithm for correcting the intensity non-uniformity in MR images without the use of a calibration/reference scan was proposed and its efficacy was demonstrated at ultra-high-field in musculoskeletal MRI. The algorithm was shown to provide better sensitivity in the inferior/superior regions of the knee compared to state-of-the-art inhomogeneity correction filters. Without the use of a reference scan, the algorithm was also shown to provide image uniformity equivalent to calibration based methods.

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