Ferdinand Schweser1, Martin Stenzel2, Andreas Deistung1, Karsten Sommer1, Hans-Joachim Mentzel2, Jrgen Rainer Reichenbach1
1Medical Physics Group, Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology I, Jena University Hospital, Jena, Germany; 2Section Pediatric Radiology, Dept. of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology I, Jena University Hospital, Jena, Germany
Quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) is a novel imaging technique that employs the complex-phase of conventional gradient-echo sequences to obtain quantitative maps of bulk tissue magnetic susceptibility. Although QSM is currently regarded as the successor of the well-established Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) technique, only few studies have hitherto investigated the potential of applying QSM to pathologic conditions in a clinical scenario, thus impressing the perception of QSM being a research tool only so far. This paper presents initial results of applying QSM in routine pediatric neuroradiology to demonstrate the impressive potential of this novel imaging technique.