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Abstract #1174

Effect of non-protonated perfluorocarbon liquid-filled SatPads on spinal cord MR imaging

Benjamin De Leener1,2, Linda Soltrand Dahlberg2, Ali Khatibi2,3, Julien Cohen-Adad4,5, and Julien Doyon2
1Department of computer engineering and software engineering, Polytechnique Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada, 2Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, 3Center of Precision Rehabilitation for Spinal Pain (CPR Spine), University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom, 4NeuroPoly Lab, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Polytechnique Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada, 5Functional Neuroimaging Unit, CRIUGM, Université de Montréal, Montreal, QC, Canada

Acquiring high-quality functional MRI data of the spinal cord is challenging due to large susceptibility artifacts and high physiological noise, causing signal dropout and distorsions, particularly in the cervical region. This study demonstrated the beneficial effect of using non-protonated perfluorocarbon liquid-filled SatPadsTM during fMRI acquisition. Indeed, results show an increase of 31.51% for the global signal and 36.59% for the temporal signal-to-noise ratio for resting-state fMRI data acquired in the cervical spinal cord.

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