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Abstract #1333

Conditions for extracting statistical descriptors from MR spectra characteristic of heterogeneous materials such as biological tissue

Norbert W Lutz1 and Monique Bernard1

1CRMBM, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France

Materials such as biological tissue are often characterized by considerable heterogeneity. This can manifest itself in significant variability of certain physicochemical parameter values across the measured volume. If the chemical shift of a particular MR resonance varies systematically with such a parameter, the resulting lineshape can be used to quantitatively characterize the heterogeneity with respect to this parameter. This is achieved by transforming the MRS lineshape into a curve representing the statistical distribution of the parameter values in question, followed by the derivation of a histogram. We study here two important conditions for the statistical evaluation of such spectrum-derived histograms.

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