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Abstract #1210

In Vitro Demonstration of the Vasculature of Human and Bovine Meniscus of the Knee with MRI at 11.7T

Ju Chen 1 , Qun He 1 , Jihye Baek 1 , Daryl D'Lima 1 , Jiang Du 1 , Nikolaus M. Szeverenyi 1 , and Graeme Bydder 1

1 University of California, San Diego, CA, United States

Bovine and human mensicus specimens were examined at 11.7T in order to demonstrate the vasculature of the meniscus. Multiple spin echo and gradient echo sequences showed high signal branching structures consistent with blood vessels and separable from radial ties or fibers. The vessels were generally interposed between radial and circumferential fibers and did not involve the more cartilaginous regions. The results are consistent with previous angiographic and microscopic studies and show that it may be possible to demonstrate vascular features at higher fields using clinical systems.

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