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Abstract #2072

High Resolution Imaging of the Ex-Vivo Porcine Heart at 7T Using a Dedicated Custom Built 8TX/16RX Array: Quality Assessment

David Lohr1, Maxim Terekhov1, Ibrahim A. Elabyad1, Franziska Veit2, and Laura Maria Schreiber1
1Chair of Cellular and Molecular Imaging, Comprehensive Heart Failure Center (CHFC), University Hospital Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany, 2Chair Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM), University Hospital Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany

MRI measurements of ex-vivo hearts at ultrahigh field strengths (≥7T) can provide high resolution, high fidelity ground truth data that complement clinical cardiac MRI. In this study we demonstrate ex-vivo sample preparation steps and capabilities of a custom built, multiple element transceiver array dedicated to high resolution imaging of ex-vivo hearts. Measurements included whole heart data for T2* maps, a high resolution 3D FLASH, as well as high resolution DTI. We found that receive sensitivity of the dedicated coil was superior to a commercial head coil and that SNR was similar, even without the application of B1­-shim.

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