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Abstract #0748

Research and educational applications of an open source, low cost MRI console with an accessible pulse sequence programming environment

Lincoln Craven-Brightman1, Thomas O'Reilly2, Benjamin Menkuec3, Marcus Prier4, Rubén Pellicer-Guridi5,6, Joseba Alonso5,6, Lawrence L. Wald1,7, Maxim Zaitsev8, Jason Stockmann1,7, Thomas Witzel9, Andrew Webb2, and Vlad Negnevitsky10
1A.A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, United States, 2Department of Radiology, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands, 3University of Applied Sciences and Arts Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany, 4Otto von Guericke Universität Magdeburg, Magdeburg, Germany, 5Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain, 6Spanish National Research Council, Valencia, Spain, 7Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States, 8Medizinische Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria, 9Qbio Inc, San Carlos, CA, United States, 10Independent researcher, Zürich, Switzerland

The hardware and software for a low cost programmable MR console has been developed, characterized and tested in various setups at multiple sites for both educational and research applications. A new Python-based wrapper allows easy pulse programming of different sequences and k-space trajectories using PulSeq, with output data also being processed via Python. The first two- and three-dimensional in vivo images have also been acquired using this hardware on a large bore Halbach array system.

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