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Abstract #3823

Improved MR thermometry using saturation bands to suppress water signal

Henrik Odéen1, Allison Payne1, Viola Rieke1, Sunil Patil2, Bradley D. Bolster Jr.3, Himanshu Bhat4, and Dennis L Parker1

1Radiology and Imaging Sciences, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, 2Siemens Healthineers, Baltimore, MD, United States, 3Siemens Healthineers, Salt Lake City, UT, United States, 4Siemens Healthineers, Boston, MA, United States

MR guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) treatments are routinely monitored by MR thermometry (MRT). Image quality and MRT precision can be significantly degraded by water motion in the water bath used to couple the FUS transducer to the target tissue. This problem is especially challenging when the water bath surrounds the target tissue. In this work we investigate the use of saturation bands to suppress the unwanted signal in dedicated breast and brain MRgFUS systems. It is shown that using saturation bands to suppress signal from the water bath significantly reduces artifacts and improves MRT precision with potentially shorter scan times.

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