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Abstract #5014

Quantifying the Effects of Pulsed Saturation Transfer at 1.5T and 3T

Rachel W. Chan1, Sten Myrehaug2,3, Greg J. Stanisz1,4,5, Arjun Sahgal1,2,3, and Angus Z. Lau1,4

1Physical Sciences, Sunnybrook Research Institute, Toronto, ON, Canada, 2Radiation Oncology, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada, 3Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, 4Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada, 5Department of Neurosurgery and Pediatric Neurosurgery, Medical University, Lublin, Poland

The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of CEST imaging at 1.5T and to compare the results to 3T experiments. CEST and MT parameters were quantified in phantoms and in the healthy brain at both fields. A pulsed saturation scheme was used to overcome the single RF amplifier duty cycle limitations of the 1.5T clinical scanner. Parameters were estimated using a Bloch-McConnell two-pool simulation that incorporated the extended phase graph formalism. The new methods demonstrated promise for enabling broader application of CEST MRI for field strengths below 3T.

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