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Abstract #2519

Measuring Abdominal Wall Muscle Deformation using MR Tissue Tagging

Lawrence Dougherty1, Pilla J. James1, and Anil Chauhan1

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

The current state of hernia repair relies heavily on clinical evaluation of patients, which is ultimately a poor predictor of outcomes for patients going into surgery. There are currently no reliable data, standard imaging modalities, or guidelines available to predict successful fascial closure in hernia repair. A method using MR tissue tagging with synchronous displacement of the abdominal wall was developed. This will allow analysis of the mechanical properties of muscle for noninvasive, diagnostic tool for pre-operatively predicting successful fascial closure in hernia repair.

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