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Abstract #0105

Nonparametric 6D D-R1-R2 distribution imaging of the human brain: Initial results on healthy volunteers

Jan Martin1, Alexis Reymbaut2, Michael Uder3, Frederik Bernd Laun3, and Daniel Topgaard1
1Lund University, Lund, Sweden, 2Random Walk Imaging AB, Lund, Sweden, 3Institute of Radiology, University Hospital Erlangen, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Erlangen, Germany

Diffusion-relaxation correlation NMR methods have recently received attention from the medical MRI community for their ability to characterize microstructure and local chemical composition in complex tissues containing multiple subvoxel pools of water. We here implement 6D $$$\bf{D}$$$-$$$R_1$$$-$$$R_2$$$ distribution imaging of the human brain using a 20-min acquisition protocol combining EPI signal read-out and tensor-valued diffusion encoding with varying repetition- and echo times. Monte Carlo data inversion yields nonparametric distributions, statistical descriptors, and orientation-resolved diffusion and relaxation properties of white matter fiber bundles that are in good agreement with previous results from less exhaustive 4D and 5D protocols.

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