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Abstract #4089

Double-tuned (1H/23Na) vs. clinically used 1H coil – Intraindividual comparison of image quality

Melissa M Ong1, Alexander Schmidt1, Daniel Hausmann1, Stefan O Schoenberg1, and Stefan Haneder1

1Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany

Although 23Na-MRI can offer additional information regarding tissue function and viability compared to 1H-MRI several obstacles have impeded its clinical implementation, including hardware costs and technical challenges. One step towards a more widespread clinical use of 23Na-MRI would be the use of double-tuned (1H/23Na) coils. This would require morphologic and functional images with diagnostic image quality. The purpose of this study was therefore to prospectively compare image quality of a double-tuned (1H/23Na) vs. a clinically used 1H head coil in healthy subjects. Image data of both coils showed excellent image quality with no significant differences in SNR.

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