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Abstract #2909

MR Imaging of Peripheral Nerves with Short and Ultrashort Echo Pulse Sequences

Graeme M. Bydder1, Richard M. Znamirowski2, Michael Carl3, Nikolaus M. Szeverenyi2

1Radiology, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA, United States; 2Radiology, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, United States; 3GE Healthcare, San Diego, CA, United States

In this study we describe imaging of peripheral nerves in tissue samples, intact cadavers and human subjects using short and ultrashort echo time (TE) pulse sequences. The emphasis was on detection of short T2 components within nerves. This is of particular interest in peripheral nerves because there is significant ordered collagen in all three layers of peripheral nerves and this tissue tends to have a short T2.