Dietmar Cordes1, 2, Anthony C. Lanctot2, Thomas G. Perkins3, Mark S. Brown2, Gary D. Fullerton2
1Physics, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; 2Radiology, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO, United States; 3Philips Healthcare, Cleveland, OH, United States
In this study, extensor and flexor tendons in bovine legs are quantitatively studied using ultrashort echo time imaging (UTE). A 2-compartment model was applied and the T2* values and water fraction determined for the bound water and free water components. Extensor and flexor tendons showed very different T2* properties, due to age and different mechanical properties of both tendon types.