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Abstract #4480

Investigating Pulmonary Gas Transport Processes with Hyperpolarized Xenon-129 Dissolved-Phase MRI

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

Several hyperpolarized xenon-129 (HXe) MRI techniques have been developed for characterizing lung function through the observation of parenchymal xenon gas uptake, but these methods tend to provide only a snapshot of a steady-state distribution of the xenon signal within the lung parenchyma. In this study, we investigated the feasibility of extracting gas-transport maps from the relative signal changes between two dissolved-phase images captured with different acquisition parameters. We demonstrated how the acquisition parameters of a suitably-designed HXe MRI pulse sequence can be harnessed for tracing pulmonary gas transport processes, and potentially quantifying them at an unprecedented level.

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