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Abstract #2434

Observing Pulmonary Gas-Transport Dynamics Using Rapid 1D Hyperpolarized Xenon-129 Dissolved-Phase Measurements

Kai Ruppert1, Hooman Hamedani1, Faraz Amzajerdian1, Luis Loza1, Yi Xin1, Ian F. Duncan1, Harilla Profka1, Sarmad Siddiqui1, Mehrdad Pourfathi1, Stephen Kadlecek1, and Rahim R. Rizi1

1Radiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Monitoring the dissolved xenon-129 signal in a central downstream location such as the left ventricle of the heart provides a convenient measure of the lung’s gas transport dynamics, and thereby of total lung function. To demonstrate the feasibility of this approach, we combined a rapid simultaneous gas-phase / dissolved-phase 1D-projection acquisition with regional gas-phase saturation to monitor the gas-transport dynamics of the lung as signal variations in the heart of a rat model of radiation-induced lung injury. Our measurements indicate that this method can identify the reductions in regional lung function associated with partial lung irradiation.

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