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Abstract #1461

Sodium MR Imaging as a Marker for Achilles Tendinopathy

Vladimir Juras1, 2, Christina Pressl1, Iris-Melanie Noebauer-Huhmann1, Stefan Zbyn1, Pavol Szomolanyi1, Stephan Domayer3, Ivan Frollo2, Siegfried Trattnig1

1Department of Radiology, MR Centre of Excellence, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, Austria; 2Department of Imaging Methods, Institute of Measurement Science, Bratislava, Slovakia; 3Department of Orthopedics, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, Austria

Sodium MRI using 3D-GRE has been investigated as a possible marker for Achilles tendinopathy. Achilles tendinopathy is associated with an increase in proteoglycans and can be detected by sodium MR imaging which has been validated by In Vitro study. Moreover, it was shown that the Achilles tendon is diffusely affected in Achilles tendinopathy.