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Abstract #2920

Tobacco smoke shortens T1 in a mouse model of COPD

Daniel Alamidi1, Amir Smailagic2, Abdel Bidar2, Nicole Parker2, Marita Olsson2, Sonya Jacksson2, Linda Swedin2, Paul Hockings3,4, Kerstin Lagerstrand1, and Lars E Olsson5

1Department of Radiation Physics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2AstraZeneca R&D, Mölndal, Sweden, 3Medtech West, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, 4Antaros Medical, BioVenture Hub, Mölndal, Sweden, 5Department of Medical Physics, Lund University, Translational Sciences, Malmö, Sweden

Tobacco smoking is the main cause of COPD. MRI may improve the characterization of COPD where lung T1 mapping has been used to study lung disease. We investigated whether tobacco smoke exposure affects lung T1 in a mouse model with repeated T1 readouts and biological measurements. Free breathing 3D-UTE T1 maps of the lungs were weekly performed over one month in mice exposed to air or tobacco smoke. The lung T1 was shortened in the tobacco smoke exposed mice, most likely due to early signs of smoking-induced lung pathology. Consequently, T1 is a potential biomarker of lung disease.

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