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Abstract #2846

Reconstruction of quantitative proton density maps from routine clinical data

Antonio Ricciardi1,2,3, Francesco Grussu1,3, Rebecca Samson1, Daniel C Alexander3, and Claudia Angela Gandini Wheeler-Kingshott1,4,5

1Queen Square MS Centre, Department of Neuroinflammation, UCL Institute of Neurology, Faculty of Brain Sciences, University College London, London, United Kingdom, 2Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London, London, United Kingdom, 3Centre for Medical Image Computing, Department of Computer Science, University College London, London, United Kingdom, 4Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy, 5Brain MRI 3T Research Centre, C. Mondino National Neurological Institute, Pavia, Italy

Quantitative proton density (qPD) mapping can be used to measure tissue water content, whose alteration are often linked to pathological conditions. Quantitative MRI methods have been developed in order to make results numerically coherent, but require specific sequences often missing in standard clinical protocols. In this study, an existing approach for the reconstruction of qPD maps from clinical data was corrected to take into account excitation B1 field inhomogeneities, and compared to qPD maps obtained via multi parametric mapping (MPM). The applied correction made clinical-derived qPD maps more similar to the MPM reference than the uncorrected method, without the need of additional specific sequences.

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