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Abstract #0449

High Resolution Anatomical Imaging of the Spinal Cord at 7 T

Eric Edward Sigmund1, Caixia Hu1, Giselle Suero1, Joseph Helpern1

1Radiology, New York University Langone Medical Center, New York, NY, United States

This work presents results of novel coil development and protocol optimization for imaging of the spinal cord at the ultra-high field 7 T platform. A single-channel loop coil and a 4-chanel cervical spine cradle array were employed for anatomical c-spine imaging, using standard T2-weighted FLASH and TSE protocols. High resolution results were obtained allowing clear gray/white matter differentiation as well as depiction of small secondary structures (denticulate ligament, nerve roots, rostral-caudal vasculature). The enhanced level of detail provided by the combination of high field and coil engineering may be useful for monitoring neuropathy, injury, or surgical planning.