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Abstract #1585

First MRI of the human spinal cord at 9.4T

Ole Geldschläger1, Saipavitra Murali Manohar1, Andrew Wright1, Nikolai Avdievitch1, and Anke Henning1

1Hochfeld-Magnetresonanz, Max-Planck-Institut für biologische Kybernetik, Tübingen, Germany

This study presents the first anatomical images of the human cervical spinal cord recorded at the ultrahigh field strengths of 9.4 T. The images were acquired with a Gradient-Echo-Sequence. Different sequence parameters and resolutions were compared. The highest in-plane resolution was 0.2 mm x 0.2 mm. These high-resolution images show the details of the spinal cord and the surrounding tissue clearly. All measurements were acquired with an 8-channel transmit-, 16-channel receive-tight-fit array coil, originally dedicated for brain applications.

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