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Abstract #0527

7T MRI Shows Enlarged Anterior Vein in the Spinal Cord of Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Atlee Witt1, Bonner Kirkland2, Bryson Reynolds1, Benjamin N. Conrad3, Aashim Bhatia 4, and Seth A. Smith1

1Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science, Nashville, TN, United States, 2Harpeth Hall High School, Nashville, TN, United States, 3Neuroscience Graduate Program, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, United States, 4Department of Radiology, Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, United States

T2*-weighted Gradient Echo (T2*FFE) were collected at 7-Tesla in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS) and healthy controls for a more detailed image of the spinal cord, specifically the vasculature of the spinal cord. Analyzing the anterior vein may provide insight into the connection between the vasculature and lesion presence in the spinal cord of MS patients. Our results demonstrate significantly enlarged anterior veins in MS patients compared to healthy controls. The anterior vein in the spinal cord has not been studied in great detail prior to this study.

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