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Abstract #4215

Novel Cross-Linked Liposomal Chemical Saturation Transfer or CEST Agents

Aristarchos Papagiannaros1, Valeria Righi1,2, George Dai2, A Aria Tzika1,2

1NMR Surgical Laboratory, Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriners Burns Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, United States; 2Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Athinoula A. Martinos Center of Biomedical Imaging, Boston, MA, United States

Liposomal CEST agents are a novel class of contrast agents that demonstrate excellent imaging capacity in phantoms and ex vivo, but their instability is preventing their use in imaging inflammation or cancer. We present cross-linked liposomal CEST agents that efficiently separated the bulk water from the intra-liposomal water signal, while offer increased stability for in vivo applications.