Daniel Hausmann1, Simon Konstandin2, Stefan Haneder1, Frank Zoellner2, Friedrich Wetterling2, Stefan O. Schnberg1, Dietmar J. Dinter1, Lothar R. Schad2
1Institute of Clinical Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Mannheim, Baden-Wrttemberg, Germany; 2Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany
To evaluate the image quality of sodium MRI of the prostate in a clinical setting in at 3 T and to determine if quantification of sodium levels within the gland is feasible. Initial results of eight healthy volunteers. DWI- and T2- images with a H*-body-coil are acquired additionally for correlation of the findings. A mean sodium concentration of 63 mmol/l in the central and 70 mmol/l in the peripheral zone was measured, so far.This study suggests that sodium imaging on a clinical 3T scanner might be an appropriate, noninvasive method for imaging of the human prostate.