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Abstract #1918

The Vanishing Shutter-Speed Limit

Ruiliang Bai1, Charles S. Springer, Jr.2, and Peter J. Basser1

1Section on Quantitative Imaging and Tissue Sciences, DIBGI, NICHD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, United States, 2Advanced Imaging Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, United States

Dynamic-contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) has been widely used to characterize microvasculature permeability. Recently, it was shown to reveal metabolic activity using the shutter-speed pharmacokinetic paradigm (SSP), in which steady-state intra/extracellular water exchange kinetics was incorporated into DCE-MRI data analysis. Interesting insights into DCE-MRI signals come from modeling the extravascular tissue MR signal. The questions addressed here are, “When can extravascular 1H2O longitudinal magnetization recovery from inversion/saturation still be described by a single-exponential process, and when can the intra/extracellular water exchange kinetics be accurately determined?”

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