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Abstract #3573

Motion compensated high resolution MR Imaging of Vagus and Recurrent Laryngeal Nerves with Novel Phase-based Navigation Sequences

Ravi Teja Seethamraju1, Jayender Jagadeesan2, Vera Kimbrell2, Aida Faria2, Thomas C Lee2, and Daniel T Ruan3

1MR R&D, Siemens Healthcare, Boston, MA, United States, 2Radiology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, United States, 3Endocrine Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, United States

Diagnostic imaging of the recurrent laryngeal (RLN) and vagus nerves (VN) could help in surgical planning and in minimizing the risk of damage to the nerves. However, imaging these nerves is technically challenging due to their size, location, and physiological motions such as breathing and swallowing. The RLN and VN can be visualized on the CISS and T2 TSE, however with a novel phase navigator, the nerves are better delineated on the motion-compensated T2 TSE compared to the CISS which is un-navigated.

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