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Abstract #2114

Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the Pediatric Thoracic Spinal Cord Using a Short Echo Time Inner-Field-Of-View Sequence

Devon Middleton1, Feroze Mohamed1, Nadia Barakat2, Scott Faro1, Pallav Shah1, MJ Mulcahey2, Amer Samdani2, Jrgen Finsterbusch3

1Radiology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, United States; 2Shriners Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA, United States; 3University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

DTI of the pediatric spinal cord (SC) has the potential to provide useful information on white matter integrity and to serve as an important biomarker for spinal cord injury (SCI). This study examines the evaluate the efficacy of an inner-field-of-view DTI sequence for imaging of the thoracic spinal cord in pediatric subjects, both normal and with SCI. Good quality DTI images were successfully collected for six healthy subjects and two subjects with SCI and DTI indices were examined for both groups.