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Abstract #0287

Whole-Heart Myofiber Tractography Derived From Conjoint Relaxation and Susceptibility Tensor Imaging

Russell Dibb 1,2 and Chunlei Liu 3,4

1 Center for In Vivo Microscopy, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States, 2 Biomedical Engineering, Duke University, Durham, NC, United States, 3 Brain Imaging & Analysis Center, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, United States, 4 Radiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, United States

Susceptibility tensor imaging may be used to probe the microstructure and fiber architecture of the myocardium in 3D. However, it currently is liable to image artifacts arising from imperfect background phase removal. Conjoint relaxation and susceptibility tensor imaging (CRSTI) is a useful step towards the robust estimation of tensor-valued tissue susceptibility and facilitates the application of susceptibility-based tractography to the whole heart for the first time. In addition to the myocardium, CRSTI may potentially aid in studying the source(s) of susceptibility contrast and anisotropy in other magnetically anisotropic tissues.

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