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Abstract #4177

Optimization of the order and spacing of the sequences in an MRI examination to minimize the thermal dose

Giuseppe Carluccio1,2 and Christopher Michael Collins1,2

1Radiology, Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research (CAI2R), New York, NY, United States, 2Radiology, Bernard and Irene Schwartz Center for Biomedical Imaging, New York, NY, United States

Thermal dose is a parameter to evaluate the potential to damage tissues by exposure to high temperatures. In case of SAR-induced heating, we show that the maximum thermal dose can be reduced by changing the order of the sequences and delays between sequences without increasing the total exam duration. Using numerical simulations, we have optimized the order of the sequences of a comprehensive spine exam, and the optimized sequence has a maximum thermal dose equal to 0.80 cumulative equivalent minutes at 43 °C (CEM43), while the original exam had a maximum thermal dose equal to 1.72 CEM43.

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