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Abstract #2372

Fast Sodium MRI of the Human Brain Using a Balanced Steady-State Free Precession Sequence

Ruomin Hu 1 , Simon Konstandin 2 , and Lothar R. Schad 1

1 Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Baden-Wrttemberg, Germany, 2 MR-Imaging and Spectroscopy, University of Bremen, Bremen, Bremen, Germany

Sodium magnetic resonance imaging sets its focus of research primarily on the measurement of tissue sodium concentration with the attempt to distinguish between intra- and extracellular space. An alternative is represented by sodium imaging exhibiting relaxation-based contrast. The main goal of this work is to develop a sequence to explore the feasibility and properties of relaxation-based sodium imaging using phantoms as well as in vivo. Structural changes of the macromolecular environment such as the demyelination of axons and the degradation of cartilage might be highlighted using this contrast-generating technique.

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