Use of a Commercial 7-T MRI Scanner for Clinical Brain Imaging: Indications, Protocols, Challenges, and Solutions—A Single-Center Experience

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Abstract

The first commercially available 7-T MRI scanner (Magnetom Terra) was approved by the FDA in 2017 for clinical imaging of the brain and knee. After initial protocol development and sequence optimization efforts in volunteers, the 7-T system, in combination with an FDA-approved 1-channel transmit/32-channel receive array head coil, can now be routinely used for clinical brain MRI examinations. The ultrahigh field strength of 7-T MRI has the advantages of improved spatial resolution, increased SNR, and increased CNR but also introduces an array of new technical challenges. The purpose of this article is to describe an institutional experience with the use of the commercially available 7-T MRI scanner for routine clinical brain imaging. Specific clinical indications for which 7-T MRI may be useful for brain imaging include brain tumor evaluation with possible perfusion imaging and/or spectroscopy, radiotherapy planning; evaluation of multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases, evaluation of Parkinson disease and guidance of deep brain stimulator placement, high-detail intracranial MRA and vessel wall imaging, evaluation of pituitary pathology, and evaluation of epilepsy. Detailed protocols, including sequence parameters, for these various indications are presented, and implementation challenges (including artifacts, safety, and side effects) and potential solutions are explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)788-805
Number of pages18
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume221
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2023

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Keywords

  • Keywords 7 T
  • MRI
  • brain imaging
  • neuroradiology

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  • Journal Article

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