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Abstract #5042

Imaging inferior alveolar neurovascular bundle using zero echo time magnetic resonance imaging

Chuanchen Zhang1, Changhu Liang2, Chuanying Shi3, Mingzhen Wu3, and Bin Zhang4

1Department of Radiology, Liaocheng People’s Hospital, Shandong University, Liaocheng, People's Republic of China, 2Department of Radiology, Shandong Medical imaging research institute, 3Liaocheng People’s Hospital, Shandong University, 4Liaocheng People's Hospital, Shandong University

The goal of the present study was to evaluate ZTE acquisitions for the inferior alveolar neurovascular bundle (IANB) identification. For this purpose, 15 volunteers were scanned using a standard 3D ZTE sequence with a voxel size of 0.8×0.8×0.8 mm on a 3 Tesla MR unit. Both subjective and objective analyses were performed on all acquired IANB images. The results indicate that ZTE-MRI is feasible for the IANB imaging without the use of contrast material.

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