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Abstract #3157

MRI of the Pulleys of the Flexor Tendons of the Fingers at 11.7T

Kenyu Iwasaki 1 , Reni Biswas 1 , Betty Tran 1 , Sheronda Statum 1 , Christine Chung 1 , Nikolaus M Szeverenyi 1 , and Graeme Bydder 1

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

Six cadaveric fingers were examined at 11.7T to determine the appearances of the annular and cruciate pulleys of the flexor tendons. All named pulleys were seen. The pulleys showed different anatomic features including internal structure and magic angle effects depending on their orientation to Bo. These could increase or decrease contrast with the surrounding connective tissue. The study provides a basis for understanding the visualization of pulleys with clinical systems at higher field strengths.

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