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Abstract #0915

Imaging of embryonic cardiovascular development with high-field MR microscopy

Hogers B, Poelmann R
Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden Institute of Chemistry

(Ultra) high field MR microscopy has been used to follow up embryonic development in vivo with emphasis on heart development and to study possible side effects of the MRI procedure. Quail embryos were longitudinally studied with MRI to cover all stages of heart development. The obtained resolution was sufficient to detect all important cardiac structures and enough to detect congenital malformations in the future. There were no harmfull effects of MRI on embryonic development.