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Abstract #1219

Measurement of Magnetization Transfer Effects in the Brachial Plexus: Comparison with T2 and Diffusion Effects

Zaid Bin Mahbub1, Andrew Peters1, K Siddique Rabbani2, Olivier E. Mougin1, Penelope A. Gowland1

1SPMMRC, School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom; 2Department of Biomedical Physics and Technology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Diffusion weighted whole body imaging with background suppression (DWIBS) has been previously proposed as a method of delineating the nerve roots from background tissue. To study common disorders in the Brachial plexus quantitatively we combine of DWIBS with various quantitative imaging techniques. This study measures MTR, Diffusion coefficients (D) and T2 of the nerves and spinal cord in the brachial plexus to provide a comprehensive method of quantitatively assessing peripheral nerve fibres.