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Abstract #2634

Diffusion Weighted Imaging of Zebrafish Embryos Using Dedicated Radio Frequency Coils

Miriam Ariens1, Jeremy Ullmann1, Nyoman Kurniawan1, Harriet Lo2, David Reutens1, Viktor Vegh1

1Centre for Advanced Imaging, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia; 2Institute of Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

We investigated the use of dedicated radio frequency solenoid coils of diameter 1.4mm for the purpose of imaging zebrafish embryos 24 and 48 hours post fertilization. We compared seven different coil conductor materials with different coatings and evaluated coil performance based on the signal-to-ratio map we calculated. The best performing coil was chosen for the diffusion imaging of zebrafish embryos. We were able to achieve around 30 micron resolution and delineate the developing spine.