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Abstract #1409

Clinical shoulder MR imaging at 7 Tesla in comparison to arthroscopy and 1.5 Tesla MRI

Oliver Kraff1, Andrea Lazik-Palm2, Stefan HG Rietsch1,3, Sascha Beck4, Konrad Koersmeier5, Michael Kamminga5, Jens M Theysohn2, and Harald H Quick1,3

1Erwin L. Hahn Institute for MRI, University Duisburg-Essen, Essen, Germany, 2Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany, 3High Field and Hybrid MR Imaging, University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany, 4Department of Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery, University Hospital Essen, Essen, Germany, 5Facharztklinik Essen, Essen, Germany

An 8-channel transmit/15-channel receive radiofrequency coil setup for 7T shoulder imaging has been evaluated in eight patients presenting with shoulder pain. In total, ten gradient echo and turbo spin echo sequences were included in the imaging protocol. Image quality was assessed in consensus by two radiologists. A structured report focusing on the rotator cuff was generated based on the 7T images and subsequently compared with the arthroscopical report taken as the gold standard. Finally, pathologies found at 7T were visually compared with preexisting 1.5T MR images from the same patients.

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