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Abstract #2994

Theoretical Study of a New Saturation Technique for Magnetization Transfer Experiments

Moritz Wilhelm Zaiss1, Benjamin Schmitt1, Bram Stieltjes, Peter Bachert1

1Medical Physics in Radiology, DKFZ, Heidelberg, Germany

The best method to evaluate magnetization transfer and chemical exchange transfer are saturation transfer experiments with constant saturation power. Our approach is a varying saturation power depending on the saturation offset. Hereby, the solution of the Bloch-McConnell equations changes fundamentally. Theoretical studies show that off-resonant pools can be isolated from the water resonance while the intensity of the transfer effect remains unchanged. Numerical simulations with pulsed saturation returned similar results. So, the application on clinical scanners with pulsed saturation promises a more robust way of measuring and evaluating z-spectra than common z-spectrum asymmetry analysis.