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Abstract #1278

A compact vertical 1.5T human head scanner with shoulders outside the bore and window for studying motor coordination

Michael Garwood1, Michael Mullen1, Naoharu Kobayashi1, Lance delaBarre1, Steven Suddarth1, Djaudat Idiyatullin1, John Strupp1, Gregor Adriany1, Jarvis Haupt1, Alex Gutierrez1, Taylor Froelich1, Russell Lagore1, Benjamin Parkinson2, Konstantinos Bouloukakis2, Mark Hunter2, Mathieu Szmigiel2, Mailin Lemke2, Edgar Rodriguez-Ramirez2, Robin de Graaf3, Chathura Kumaragamage3, Scott McIntyre3, Terry Nixon3, Christoph Juchem4, Sebastian Theilenberg4, Yun Shang4, Jalal Ghazouani4, Alberto Tannús5, Mateus José Martins5, Edson Vidoto5, Fernando Paiva5, Daniel Pizetta5, Maurício Falvo5, Diego Turibio5, Christian Bones5, Eduardo Falvo5, John Thomas Vaughan4, Julie Kabil4, Hazal Yüksel4, Harish Krishnaswamy4, Sung-Min Sohn6, and Ramon Gilberto Gonzalez7
1Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States, 2Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, 3Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States, 4Columbia University, New York, NY, United States, 5Centro de Imagens e Espectroscopia por Ressonância Magnética, Universidade de São Paulo in São Carlos, São Carlos, Brazil, 6Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, United States, 7MGH/Harvard, Boston, MA, United States

A multi-disciplinary team of researchers in a multi-institutional consortium have designed and are building an easily relocatable head-only 1.5T MRI scanner weighing only ~500 kg. The goal is to develop a radically new type of MRI scanner that will enhance brain research, and ultimately, enable the diagnosis of neurological diseases in underserved populations throughout the world where MRI scanners are currently unavailable. To image with this system, pulse sequences have been developed and implemented to generate images using a highly inhomogeneous B0.

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