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Abstract #1431

En route to clinical ultrahigh field musculoskeletal MR using multi-purpose transceiver RF modules for spine und shoulder imaging at 7.0 T.

Andreas Graessl 1 , Soenke Langner 2 , Marko Hoehne 3 , Matthias A Dieringer 1 , and Thoralf Niendorf 1,4

1 Berlin Ultrahigh Field Facility (B.U.F.F.), Max Delbrck Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC), Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 2 University of Greifswald, Institute for Diagnostic Radiology and Neuroradiology, Greifswald, Germany, 3 Helios Kliniken, Berlin-Buch, Germany, 4 Experimental and Clinical Research Center (ECRC), Charit Campus Buch, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Given the limited availability of RF coils for MSK-MR and recognizing the versatile range of musculoskeletal MR applications this work pursues modular RF transceiver configurations which suite the geometrical needs of a broad spectrum of musculoskeletal anatomy. The applicability of the modular configurations tailored for spine and shoulder imaging is demonstrated in healthy subjects. The multi-purpose configurations afforded the acquisition of sub-millimeter spatial resolution images of the shoulder. The sensitivity of the modular spine TX/RX configuration facilitated a spatial resolution as low as (0.13x0.13x1) mm for 3D GRE. This resolution helped to depict small structures such as the facet joints.

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