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Abstract #3647

Ultra-strong gradient diffusion MRI at 7T with a head insert

Chantal Tax1,2, Edwin Versteeg1, Dennis J.W. Klomp1, Martijn F. Froeling1, Alberto de Luca1, and Jeroen C.W. Siero1,3
1University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2CUBRIC, Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 3Spinoza Centre for Neuroimaging Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Diffusion weighting is achieved by the application of external field gradients typically for tens of milliseconds, during which the signal substantially decays due to inherent T2 relaxation. This work focuses on the benefits of strong gradients - here provided by a gradient head insert - for high SNR and short TE diffusion imaging at 7T. Proof-of-principle images show that a short TE (21 ms) at a b-value of 1000 s/mm2 is achievable at 7T using an EPI-readout.

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