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Abstract #2068

Angular Double-PGSE Spectroscopy of the Long Evans Shaker Spinal Cord

Debbie Anaby1, Ian D. Duncan2, Chelsey M. Smith2, Yoram Cohen1

1Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel; 2Medical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI, United States

Conventional single-pulsed-field-gradient (s-PFG) methodologies are capable of faithfully depicting diffusion anisotropy in coherently ordered structures. However, randomly oriented compartments are more difficult to characterize. Double-PFG (d-PFG) MR methodologies were recently suggested as an alternative for studying microstructure in CNS. Specifically, the angular d-PFG experiment may offer novel microstructural information that is not available from s-PFG by yielding specific signatures in relatively low q values. The angular d-PFG was used to distinguish between control and Long Evans Shaker (les) spinal cords by providing information on macroscopic anisotropy and compartment shape anisotropy.