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Abstract #4077

MRI of Peripheral Nerve: MT of Short T2 Components, Susceptibility and Diffusion Weighting of Collagen Components

Sameer Shah1, Qun He1, Micheal Carl2, Justin Brown1, Mark Mahan3, Graeme M. Bydder1, and Nikolaus M. Szeverenyi1

1University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, United States, 2Global MR Applications & Workflow, General Electric, San Diego, CA, United States, 3Clinical Neurosciences Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, United States

The objective of this paper is to describe the use of several new approaches for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of peripheral nerves. MR examinations were performed on fresh human median, tibial and sciatic nerve samples, as well as cadaveric forearms at 3T and/or 11.7T as well as one fresh human median nerve sample. Application of MR techniques used elsewhere in the body, and the use of MR microscopy show a variety of new imaging findings in peripheral nerve. This approach is likely to improve understanding of the MR appearances of peripheral nerve and lead to improved experimental and clinical studies.

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