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Abstract #0300

A comprehensive multi-shot EPI protocol for high-quality clinical brain imaging in 3 minutes

John Conklin1, Bryan Clifford2, Steffen Bollmann2, Wei-Ching Lo2, Berkin Bilgic3, Stephen Cauley3, Kawin Setsompop3, Thorsten Feiweier4, John Kirsch3, R. Gilberto Gonzalez3, Pamela Schaefer3, Otto Rapalino3, and Susie Huang3
1Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States, 2Siemens Medical Solutions, Boston, MA, United States, 3Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, United States, 4Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Erlangen, Germany

A comprehensive 3 minute whole-brain MRI exam based on multi-shot echoplanar imaging (ms-EPI) was optimized and evaluated in 5 patients with different clinical pathologies. This approach minimizes artifacts associated with single-shot echoplanar imaging, and provides image quality similar to that of a 10-minute clinical reference protocol based on turbo spin-echo imaging.

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