SMS-DWI Protocols

Simultaneous Multi-Slice DWI for Abdomen and Breast Protocols

Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) has great potential in body oncology, however, being a single-shot technology, the acquisition is relatively time consuming.
Simultaneous Multi-Slice (SMS)-EPI deploys multiband pulses to excite multiple slices simultaneously. This excitation is combined with a blipped CAIPIRINHA approach during readout to reduce g-factor related SNR loss.
As a result, an additional acquisition time reduction without compromising image quality compared to a standard GRAPPA 2 can be achieved with SMS 2 in combination with GRAPPA 2 in breast and abdominal scans1. Protocols, .exar files and DICOM images for MAGNETOM Aera 1.5T and MAGNETOM Skyra 3T can be downloaded here. Prerequisite: Software version syngo MR E11C and SMS-EPI license.

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1The statements by Siemens’ Healthineers customers described herein are based on results that were achieved in the customer's unique setting. Because there is no "typical" hospital or laboratory and many variables exist (e.g., hospital size, samples mix, case mix, level of IT and/or automation adoption) there can be no guarantee that other customers will achieve the same results.