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Abstract #4005

Evidence for Microscopic Diffusion Anisotropy in Spinal Cord Tissue Observed with DWV Imaging on a Whole-Body MR System

Marco Lawrenz1, Martin Koch1, Jrgen Finsterbusch1

1Department of Systems Neuroscience, University Medical Center, Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Double-wave-vector diffusion-weighted imaging is able to detect microscopic diffusion anisotropy in macroscopically isotropic samples. So far, corresponding experiments were performed on NMR systems with high performance gradient coils (>=300mT/m). Here, experiments are presented that provide evidence for the observation of the anisotropy effect on a standard whole-body MR system.