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Abstract #3185

MR Myelo-Neurography: Improved Visualization of MR Neurography in the Brachial Plexus using a Combination of SHINKEI and Phase-Cycling balanced SSFP

Hitoshi Tadenuma1, Kayoko Abe2, Masami Yoneyama3, Yasuhiro Goto1, Isao Shiina1, Mamoru Takeyama1, Isao Tanaka1, and Shuji Sakai2

1Department of Radiological services, Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, 2Department of Diagnostic Imaging & Nuclear Medicine, Tokyo Women’s Medical University Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, 3Philips Electronics Japan, Tokyo, Japan

The brachial plexus could be involved in various kinds of diseases, which may lead to serious functional disorders. MR neurography is a useful technique for evaluating the abnormal state of the peripheral nerves, however, it is still difficult to visualize the entire brachial plexus, including nerve roots, using conventional MR neurography due to its complicated anatomical structure. In this study, we evaluated a new MR neurography using a combination of SHINKEI and Phase-Cycling balanced SSFP sequence to visualize the entire brachial plexus.

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