Anouk Marsman1, Vincent Boer2, Martijn Van den Heuvel3, Peter Luijten2, Hilleke Hulshoff Pol3, Dennis Klomp2, Ren Mandl3
1Psychiatry, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht, Netherlands; 2Radiology, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands; 3Psychiatry, UMC Utrecht, Netherlands
1H-MRS at 7T can be used to accurately determine glutamate in the human brain. A sLASER sequence has been developed, using field focusing at short TE resulting in twice as much signal as can be obtained by using STEAM. To assess reliability and reproducibility of sLASER compared to STEAM, eight subjects were scanned twice with both sequences, in the frontal and occipital lobe. sLASER has significant intraclass correlations for glutamate in both locations, STEAM did not show any significant correlations. Thus, sLASER is a reliable method to obtain glutamate in the human brain at higher accuracy than physiological variability.