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Abstract #4290

A Comparative Study on High Resolution Prostate Imaging at 7T and 3T MRI

Mingyan Li1, Aurelien Destruel1, Ewald Weber1, Aiman Al-Najjar2, Shekhar Chandra1, Feng Liu1, Craig Engstrom3, and Stuart Crozier1
1School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2Centre for Advanced Imaging, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 3School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

High-resolution prostate imaging for both 3T and 7T MRI are challenging, given the deep location of this exocrine gland which accentuates technical issues related to the reduced electromagnetic penetration and B1 inhomogeneity. In this work, high-resolution (0.3 x 0.3mm in-plane) non-interpolated T2w-TSE prostate images from a healthy volunteer were acquired at 3T using a commercial 18-channel body matrix and 32-channel spine coil and an 8-channel prototype coil at 7T at 15 slices and 11 slices, respectively. Compared with standard clinical prostate imaging at 3T, the 7T prostate images provided higher SNR and better differentiation of various zones of the prostate.

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