Stefan Zbn1, Vladimir Juras1, Henrik J. Michaely2, Xeni Deligianni3, Oliver Bieri3, Stefan O. Schoenberg2, Siegfried Trattnig1, Stefan Haneder2
1MR Center of Excellence, Department of Radiology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria; 2Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany; 3Division of Radiological Physics, Department of Radiology, University of Basel Hospital, Basel, Switzerland
All previous reports on (sodium) 23Na T2* relaxation times in the kidneys were measured in animals and revealed slightly different values. In this study, we employed high SNR provided by 7T for the in vivo measurements of T2* relaxation times in human kidneys for the first time. Our T2* results are in good agreement with long T2* components published before. Moreover, similarly to the results from animal studies, we observed shorter T2* values in renal cortex compared to medulla. This data may provide the basis for absolute quantification of 23Na content in human kidneys.