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Abstract #1423

DANTE-SPACE-based imaging of the brachial plexus

Xiaoyong Zhang1, Liqi Yang2, Guijin Li3, Yan Li2, Bei Li2, Yi Sun4, Chenhui Li3, John Grinstead 5, Guoxi Xie6, and Xin Liu7

1MR Collaborations, Siemens Healthcare Ltd., Shenzhen, China, 2BGI, Shenzhen, China, 3Siemens Healthcare Ltd., Guangzhou, China, 4MR Collaborations, Siemens Healthcare Ltd., Shanghai, China, 5Siemens Healthcare GmbH, Erlangen, Germany, 6Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Basic Sciences, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China, 7Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, Shenzhen, China

Magnetic resonance neurography (MRN) has been increasingly used to evaluate brachial plexopathy. However, MRN is limited by the lack of relative contrast between nerves and their surrounding tissues. As an alternative to MRN, T2-SPACE has been proposed as a black-blood technique that permits more direct visualization of the brachial plexus; however, it has similar limitations. A preliminary study demonstrated that T2-weighted DANTE-SPACE outperformed SPACE and might be a potential alternative for the visualization of the brachial plexus. In this study, we hypothesized that T2-weighted DANTE-SPACE would address the above issue due to its superior blood flow suppression.

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