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Abstract #2450

Rapid Multi-slice STEAM Diffusion Imaging with a Prepared Gradient Echo Echoplanar Sequence

David C Alsop1,2, Manuel Taso1,2, and Arnaud Guidon3
1Radiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, United States, 2Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States, 3Global MR applications and workflow, GE Healthcare, Boston, MA, United States

STEAM diffusion offers longer diffusion times, reduced gradient demands and other advantages for diffusion imaging but has suffered from long acquisition times. We propose a non-selective preparation of a conventional gradient echo echoplanar sequence that enables the rapid acquisition of many slices. Initial application to the brain readily enabled up to 32 slice acquisition within a single TR.

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