(Abstract presented as a poster at ISMRM workshop on Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting, October 2017)

Recent studies (Ma et al., 2013 and Xanthis et al., 2015) have shown that the incorporation of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) simulations could significantly improve quantitative MRI through the utilization of advanced MRI simulations of the pulse sequence on a large population of spins and the generation of a database of simulated MR signals. Despite the increasing interest in incorporating simulation-aided analyses in quantitative MRI, several MR research groups do not have access to a MR simulation platform or the computational resources required to develop an advanced MR simulation platform. In this study we present coreMRI, a MR simulation platform as a web service for database generation in simulation-based quantitative MR methods. coreMRI is publicly available and common across research groups and does not require user expertise on programming or MR physics or upfront investment for purchasing advanced computer systems.

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coreMRI: an online Cloud-ORiented Engine for advanced MRI simulations

(Abstract presented as an e-poster at ISMRM 2017)

Magnetic Resonance (MR) simulations have been used in the past in a limited scope. Although MR simulation platforms had been presented in the literature1,2, they required advanced technical knowledge, advanced setup of a computer cluster of several nodes and the ability to make several modifications in the source code. In addition to that, the last few years there is an increased interest on quantitative MR by means of advanced MR simulations. Novel techniques, such as Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF)3 and parallel Simulations for QUantifying Relaxation Magnetic Resonance constants (SQUAREMR)4, utilize MR simulations in order to improve the quantification of MR parameters. These techniques point out the necessity of having an advanced MR simulation platform easily accessible by the MR research community.

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