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Abstract #5112

Classification of Calcium Salts: Correlation of Magnetic Susceptibility with Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI)

Ali Fatemi1, E Mark Haacke2,3, Michael D. Noseworthy4

1Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; 2Radiology, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, United States; 3The MRI Institute for Biomedical Research, Detroit, MI, United States; 4Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Biomedical Engineering, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

We propose that by looking at the local magnetic field pattern of corrected phase images, it is possible to quantify local magnetic susceptibility, which is equivalent to classifying different calcium salts. This may lead to not only identification of breast cancer calcification but their biochemical characterization.