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Abstract #2824

Imaging Cartilaginous Endplates Herniation in the Lumber Spine using ZTE-MRI

Yen-Chang Chen1, Chien-Yuan Lin1, Ching-Wei Gu2, Yu-Hsin Tang2, Wei-Min Hung2, Yi-Chih Hsu2, and Guo-Shu Huang2
1GE Healthcare, Taipei, Taiwan, 2Department of Radiology, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan

The cartilage endplate (CEP) plays an important role in the function and homeostasis of the intervertebral disc by serving as a mechanical stabilizer as well as a pathway for nutrient transport. There is a very little known about CEP due in part to the lack of suitable imaging technique to evaluate the CEP. The purposes of this study were to optimize the parameters of zero echo time (ZTE) MRI in enhancing CEP structure and then to evaluate the morphology of CEP in lumbar spine with herniation of disc using ZTE-MRI.

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