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Abstract #2987

Fast multi-contrast EPI protocol:  Preliminary experience with acute intracranial pathologies in the emergency department.

Otto Rapalino1, Julian He1, Pamela Schaefer1, Matthew Christensen1, Arnaud Guidon2, Stefan Skare3, Tim Sprenger4, John Kirsch1, and Ramon Gilberto Gonzalez1

1Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States, 2GE Healthcare, Boston, MA, United States, 3Karolinska Institute, Karolinska, Sweden, 4Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Prospective analysis of the diagnostic performance of a fast multi-contrast EPI sequence compared to conventional sequences. A sample of 30 cases (out of 190) was evaluated and head-to-head comparisons were performed for the visualization of clinically relevant intracranial pathologies. Our findings suggest that this multi-contrast EPI sequence could potentially provide an acceptable diagnostic alternative to the core conventional brain MRI sequences in selected populations that cannot tolerate long MRI examinations in the Emergency Department.

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