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Abstract #2370

Feasibility of 19F Lung Imaging On A 0.5T Multi-Nuclear Upright Paramed MRI Scanner By Imaging Proton on HFC Gas.

James Harkin1, Robert Irwin1, Peter Thelwall2, and Michael Barlow1
1Respiratory Medicine, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Using a multinuclear 0.5T Paramed Medical Systems MROpen Upright MRI scanner the feasibility of 19F imaging was assessed. The upright and open design of the scanner makes imaging more comfortable for patients and allows for imaging in later stages of respiratory diseases. It proved to be possible to image 1H of a fluorinated gas within a single repetition and there is an expectation of at least a 2.5 fold improvement in signal when moving to 19F.

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