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Abstract #0852

Epiphyseal Bone Marrow Perfusion Imaging in the Distal Femur Using Arterial Spin Labeling: Feasibility and Challenges

Xiufeng Li1, Casey P. Johnson1, and Jutta Ellermann1

1Radiology-CMRR, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States

Epiphyseal bone marrow perfusion of the distal femur is a valuable biomarker for knee diseases or injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament tears and post-traumatic osteoarthritis. Bone marrow perfusion imaging is also of interest in the management of developmental knee diseases, such as osteochondritis dissecans, where the capacity to heal may be related to sufficient perfusion to the site of injury. ASL is well suited for monitoring of knee disease progression, assessment of therapy response, and use in pediatric populations. This study is to evaluate the feasibility and challenges of epiphyseal bone marrow ASL imaging in the distal femur.

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