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Abstract #3302

The dielectric properties of brain tissues: variation in electrical conductivity with tissue sodium concentration and tissue water content at 3T/4T

YuPeng Liao 1 , Sandro Romanzetti 1 , Vincent Gras 1 , DengFeng Huang 1 , and N. Jon Shah 1,2

1 Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine-4, Forschungszentrum Juelich, Juelich, Germany, 2 JARA-Faculty of Medicine, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany

MRI can be used to non-invasively estimate in vivo electrical conductivity, tissue water content, tissue sodium content (TSC) . In this study we compare proton density (PD), TSC and conductivity distributions in healthy volunteers. This combined study of the three maps, conductivity, PD, and TSC for the first time, allows us to describe the contribution of the tissue water contents and tissue ion concentration (Na+) to the tissue conductivity data and empirical relationship models may be used to predict dielectric properties in other frequency and tissues.

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