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Abstract #2326

MRI of the Lumbar Spine at 7 Tesla in Healthy Volunteers and a Patient with Spina Bifida

Astrid Ellen Grams1,2, Oliver Kraff, 12, Lale Umutlu1,2, Stefan Maderwald, 12, Philipp Dammann, 2,3, Mark E. Ladd, 12, Michael Forsting1,2, Elke Ruth Gizewski1,2

1Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Neuroradiology, University Hospital Essen, Essen, NRW, Germany; 2Erwin L. Hahn Institute for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, University Hospital Essen, Essen, NRW, Germany; 3Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Essen, Essen, NRW, Germany

In the present study the feasibility of imaging of the lumbar spine and its adjacent structures under healthy and under pathological conditions at 7 Tesla was investigated. A combination of a 3D-CISS and a 3D-VIBE sequence comprehended imaging of the vertebrae, the intervertebral discs, the bony neural foramina, the facet joints, the dural sac and the intraspinal portions of the spinal nerves.