Eric R. Muir1, Yi Zhang1, Oscar San Emeterio Nateras1, Timothy Q. Duong1, 2
1Research Imaging Institute, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX, United States; 2Ophthalmology, UT Health Science Center
Abnormal vitreal oxygen tension (pO2) has been implicated in a number of ocular and retinal diseases. MRI could be used to non-invasively map pO2 of the human vitreous since T1 is affected by pO2. In this study MRI methods were developed to measure pO2 in the human vitreous using the Look-Locker sequence to rapidly measure T1 to minimize eye motion. Calibration of T1 to pO2 was made using ex vivo vitreous in addition to water phantoms to provide more accurate pO2 calculation from T1. Human vitreous pO2 was found to be 26.87.5mmHg with MRI, comparable to reports of invasive measurement.