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Abstract #1572

Setup for Quick 2D Glomerular Imaging in a Clinical 3 T MRI System

Jorge Chacon-Caldera 1 , Raffi Kalayciyan 1 , and Lothar R Schad 1

1 Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, BW, Germany

The glomerular area can provide valuable information when evaluating kidney diseases such as glomerulosclerosis and chronic kidney disease. Despite its relevance, the study of glomeruli with MRI has remained unexploited due to the high technical requirements and long scanning times. In this study, we present a setup for glomerular imaging of ex vivo rat kidneys in a 3 T human clinical scanner whereby glomeruli are visible. The 2D glomerular imaging was performed in 7 minutes and 40 seconds, a factor ~13 reduction in comparison to the most recent study showing glomeruli at 3 T.

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