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Abstract #0262

Preliminary Study for Systemic Sclerosis Staging with MRI

Fleming J, Schwartz S, Yuan C, Wang J, Yarnykh V
University of Washington

Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a rare disease that causes systemic proliferation of connective tissue. High resolution MRI technique was firstly used to study sub-skin layer soft tissue condition, blood supply and vessel wall thickness in human forearms and fingers. By in vivo venous flow and vessel morphology quantification, MRI has been shown to be potentially a powerful tool for future SSc study.