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Abstract #1765

Towards a high-resolution MRI Atlas of the Human Foetus: a Post-Mortem Pilot Study of ex-vivo preserved Foetal specimens at 7 Tesla.

Sean Lester Moen1, Anthony J Weinhaus2, Joseph M Metzger2, Michael Garwood3, Bharathi Jagadeesan3, and Pierre-Fran├žois Van de Moortele3

1Neurosurgery, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States, 2Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States, 3Radiology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States

In an effort to expand the existing MRI reference material available to Medical professionals, including developmental anatomists, foetal specimens of gestational ages ranging from 7-26 weeks were scanned using ultra high field MRI systems ( 7 Tesla) and high resolution, multiplanar images of the whole body were obtained in each of these specimens. A unique set of processes, materials and equipment facilitated the execution of these MRI scans including custom built specimen holders, transmit and receive coils, protocol optimization and image reconstruction techniques. Using these techniques, a total of 21 preserved ex-vivo fetal specimens were successfully scanned.

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