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Abstract #1050

Quantitative & Qualitative Sodium Imaging of the Prostate at 3T

Daniel Hausmann1, Simon Konstandin2, Stefan Haneder1, Frank Zoellner2, Friedrich Wetterling2, Stefan O. Schnberg1, Dietmar J. Dinter1, Lothar R. Schad2

1Institute of Clinical Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Mannheim, Baden-Wrttemberg, Germany; 2Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany

To evaluate the image quality of sodium MRI of the prostate in a clinical setting in at 3 T and to determine if quantification of sodium levels within the gland is feasible. Initial results of eight healthy volunteers. DWI- and T2- images with a H*-body-coil are acquired additionally for correlation of the findings. A mean sodium concentration of 63 mmol/l in the central and 70 mmol/l in the peripheral zone was measured, so far.This study suggests that sodium imaging on a clinical 3T scanner might be an appropriate, noninvasive method for imaging of the human prostate.