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Abstract #1616

Detection of Intervertebral Disc Lesions with High-Resolution MRI @ 11.7 T

Nikolaus Berger-Roscher1, Hans-Joachim Wilke1, Volker Rasche2, 3

1Institute of Orthopaedic Research and Biomechanics, Ulm University, Ulm, Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany; 2Experimental Cardiovascular Imaging, Ulm University, Ulm, NA, Germany; 3Core Facility Small Animal MRI, Ulm University, Ulm, Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany

High-resolution imaging of the intervertebral disc is presented. At 11.7 T, it is shown that already with rather low spatial resolutions, intervertebral disc lesions can be visualized by MRI. In direct comparison to microscopy, the dimension and shape of the lesions can be clearly identified by the non-invasive imaging approach.