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Abstract #2589

Quantitative sodium imaging of the abdomen

Arnold Julian Vinoj Benjamin1, Mary A McClean1, Joshua D Kaggie1, Lucian Beer1, Frank Riemer2, Rolf F Schulte3, Titus Lanz4, Martin J Graves5, and Ferdia A Gallagher1
1Department of Radiology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2Department of Radiology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway, 3GE Global Research, Munich, Germany, 4RAPID Biomedical GmbH, Rimpar, Germany, 5Department of Radiology, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge, United Kingdom

In this study, we report sodium T2* values and total sodium concentration (TSC) values in healthy volunteers in the abdomen using a large field-of-view (FOV) birdcage sodium body coil that provides a uniform excitation over the whole abdomen. We explore whether sodium will be more specific to the BOLD effect, as sodium is a major component of blood and oxygenation of this blood will affect the sodium T2* values directly.

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