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Abstract #3210

Ultrashort Echo Time Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (UTE-QSM) as a Highly Sensitive Biomarker for Hemophilic Arthropathy

Hyungseok Jang1, Annette von Drygalski1, Xing Lu1, Yajun Ma1, Srila Gopal1, Jiang Du1, and Eric Chang1,2
1University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA, United States, 2VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA, United States

Hemophilia is a genetic bleeding disorder afflicting about 20,000 people in the US and over 400,000 people in the world. Severe hemophilia is characterized by frequent joint bleeding, resulting in debilitating arthropathy because of toxic iron depositions (e.g., hemosiderin) in synovium and cartilage. Development of a sensitive, non-invasive biomarker is of high importance to determine efficacy of costly treatment plans. In this study, we investigate the feasibility of ultrashort echo time-based QSM (UTE-QSM) to identify hemosiderin deposition and to provide a sensitive biomarker for joint disease in hemophilia.

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