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Abstract #3413

Local B1-Enhanced 3D Spin-Echo Imaging for Metal Artifact Reduction

Kilian Stumpf1, Andreas Horneff1, Jan-Bernd Hövener2, and Volker Rasche1
1Department of Internal Medicine II, University Medical Center Ulm, Ulm, Germany, 2Department of Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Medical Center Kiel, Kiel, Germany

Artifacts due to the presence of metallic dental materials often limit the application of MRI. These materials, such as dental implants or fillings, often cause substantial artifacts e.g. in the oral cavity impairing diagnostic accuracy. In this contribution, we present an approach for conducting spin-echo based sequences with significantly reduced flip angles and high excitation bandwidths of up to 17 kHz by using an inductively coupled local coil, which in combination with single-point methods enables almost completely artifact-free local imaging of e.g. dental titanium implants.

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