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Abstract #0597

A Novel Single-Sided Imaging Device for MR Elastography

Daniel V. Litwiller1, Eric A. Borisch1, Roger C. Grimm1, Joel P. Felmlee1, Richard L. Ehman1

1Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

Recent years have seen the development of small, single-sided NMR systems suitable for a variety of applications in biomedicine. These novel imaging systems are typified by their small size, single-sided nature and nonuniform polarizing fields. Another emerging field of research is non-invasive imaging of material properties of tissues and biomaterials with the clinical application of techniques like MR elastography. The goal of this work was to develop a low cost single-sided NMR device, capable of MR elastography, which would be potentially useful for applications such as evaluation of normal and pathological skin, benchtop pathology, and evaluating engineered tissue constructs.