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Abstract #0042

MRI-based assessment of regional patterns of cortical strain in the human brain resulting from non-impact dynamic mechanical loading

Ziying Yin1, Matthew C. Murphy1, Yi Sui1, Armando Manduca2, Richard L. Ehman1, and John III Huston1
1Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, United States, 2Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, United States

There is growing recognition of morbidity resulting from subconcussive repetitive head impact (RHI). Mechanical interactions between the skull-brain interface (e.g., transmission and tethering) contribute significantly to the response of the brain to head impact. Local cortical strain concentrations would likely reflect the nearby tethering interactions at the skull-brain interface. In this study, we have developed MR elastography (MRE)-based methods that enable in vivo visualization and quantification of 3D full-volume cortical strain in response to non-impact dynamic loading. We have found that the distribution of the cortical strain is region-dependent, constituting a possible mechanism for RHI vulnerability among individuals.

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