Ding Xia1, Prodromos Parasoglou1, Gregory Chang1, Ravinder R. Regatte1
1Department of Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, United States
The creatine kinase (CK) reaction plays an important role in provision and transport of ATP. Alteration in the kinetics of the CK has been associated with many diseases, such as diabetes, inflammatory myopathies and heart diseases. Non-invasive measurement of the forward CK reaction rate and metabolic flux can be achieved through phosphorous (31P) magnetization transfer (MT) techniques. In our study, we developed and implemented a novel three-dimensional 31P-MT imaging sequence on a 3T clinical scanner that maps forward CK reaction rate and metabolic flux among different calf muscles in clinically relevant times with relatively high spatial resolution.