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Abstract #2526

Design and Fabrication of a Driver for MR Elastography of the Head and Neck: Initial Results

David K.W. Yeung1, Kunwar Bhatia2, Yolanda Lee1, Ann D. King2, Ralph Sinkus3, Anil T. Ahuja2

1Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, HKSAR, Hong Kong; 2Imaging and Interventional Radiology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, HKSAR, Hong Kong; 3Department of Radiology and IPMA, Beaujon University Hospital, Clichy, France

MR elastography is a technique that allows the assessment of mechanical properties of tissues that may be affected by disease processes. We designed and tested a new driver to allow MRE to be performed in the head and neck using a commercially available transducer, headrest moulds and piston extensions. This new driver design was simple to implement and comfortable to use. Our initial results showed that the performance of the driver was satisfactory and provided reproducible results for the normal parotid glands. This simple driver may allow a more widespread application of this technique to study head and neck pathologies.