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Abstract #2718

Pushing sodium imaging into clinical use - A technical feasiblity study

Matthias Malzacher1, Jorge Chacon-Caldera1, Alexander Fischer1, and Lothar R Schad1

1Computer Assisted Clinical Medicine,Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany

Sodium MRI keeps becoming more interesting for multiple studies and clinical applications due to its capability to provide information on tissue viability. This information would be highly valuable in the clinical routine.We analyze technical possibilities to allow pushing sodium MRI into clinical use. In particular, we investigate approaches for transmitting and receiving sodium and proton signals using the same hardware. One main target of these approaches is to be fully compatible with standard 3T MRI systems without decreasing significantly the performance of proton imaging. We prove the feasibility for such systems. Yet, some drawbacks have to be taken into account.

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