Ultrahigh field MRI after upper extremity transplantation.
Shailesh B. Raval 1 , Tiejun Zhao 2 , Yujuan Zhao 1 , Vijay S. Gorantla 1 , and Tamer S. Ibrahim 1
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania, United States,
Medical Solutions, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United
As of 2005, 1.6 million civilians suffer from limb loss
in the US alone. If only 1% of this population qualifies
for transplant surgery, that mandates additional
transplant infrastructure in addition to standardized
pre and post-surgical evaluation and monitoring methods.
We present first 7T results from a bilateral upper
extremity transplantation (UET) subject 4 years after
surgery as part of posttransplant clinical MR
assessment. This study shows a potential of not only
using UHF MRI in post-transplant evaluation after UET
but also in hand surgery practice in diagnosis and
interpretation of various other diseases including
vascular abnormalities,connective tissue disorders or
micro vascular disease conditions.
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