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Abstract #0580

Preliminary Experience with Breast 1H MRS at 7 Tesla

Bolan P, Snyder C, DelaBarre L, Bolinger L, Garwood M, Vaughan J
University of Minnesota

This work describes our initial experience in performing in vivo MRS of the human breast at very high field. Using a unilateral transmit/receive coil design and single-voxel localized spectroscopy, a total choline resonance was detected and quantified in 4/5 normal subjects, and a taurine resonance was observed in 2/5 same subjects. Additionally, we report measurements of respiration-induced frequency variations and relaxation rates for water and lipid resonances. These preliminary data show that 7 Tesla breast MRS is feasible and may lead to improved spectroscopic characterization of breast lesions.