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Abstract #2610

Integration of novel respiratory navigation techniques into routine abdominal MR examinations

Melany Atkins1 and Ersin Bayram2
1Fairfax Radiological Consultants, Arlington, VA, United States, 2General Electric, Houston, TX, United States

Breath-held acquisitions have long been a staple of body MRI to cope with respiratory motion. While this strategy works for many patients, it is challenging for some. Change in breath-hold capacity from one patient to the next requires frequent parameter tweaking, thus operator skillset becomes a key factor in image quality and consistency. Recent advances in novel motion robust acquisition methods and improved hardware such as Air coils have opened the possibility to perform complete free breathing exams. In this study, we report the feasibility results of free breathing integration into our routine abdominal MRI practice.

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